Our mother, Julia Tropia, passed away recently at Nathan Littauer Hospital. She was 98, and until last June, had lived independently in her own home of 52 years. The last six months have been difficult and have left us supremely grateful to all the people who helped us care for her.
Pineview Commons in Johnstown treated her and us like family. The director, Kara Vollmer, from the first day made us feel that Mom would be safe, well-looked after and comfortable. She and the entire Pineview staff made that happen.
In November, when her health deteriorated, she moved to Nathan Littauer Nursing Home. The staff provided therapy and very patient care and attention to her increasing needs. They also helped us through those days.
Her last few days were spent in Nathan Littauer Hospital, first in the Special Care Unit and then in Comfort Care on the third floor. We cannot find words to describe the constant, kind, professional attention we all received. That staff works smoothly with Mountain Valley Hospice. They all helped us and her in ways we never imagined. They provided a futon in her room for family members to spend the night, a tea cart with beverages and snacks, very frequent comforting attention to our mother, and kind, personal, caring support for us. Everyone from the nurses, physicians, housekeeping, dieticians and even the medical director gave us personalized treatment. At all times, we felt informed, attended to and supported by caring professionals. It was an extraordinary experience.
At the risk of overlooking someone, we need to mention particularly: Dr. Akber Hassam, my mother's longtime internist; Dr. Kearney, her ophthalmologist; Dr. Sergio Rapisarda, her cardiologist; and Polly Peck, the nurse practitioner at the hospital who guided and supported us at every turn. Thank you all for your expert care of our mother and your kindness to us.
ANN REFFUE, of Lassellsville, and LOUISE YOUNG, of Wilton,