Every now and then there's a moment that simply reminds all of us about the true power of what we do at the Friendship Centers. Here's a moment that touched our hearts recently at Dr. Tibbils, an audiologist, recently changed the life of one of our patients.
Dr. Tibbils fitted one of our patients with a hearing aid. She came to the clinic to tell us how amazing it is that she can hear – tears, hugs and just the most heartwarming story. She was essentially deaf for five years, and cannot believe what an impact this has made!
As she recently told us:
"My Name is Constance Spaulding and I have been a patient at the Senior Friendship Health Services in Venice since 2009. I couldn’t hear for the past five years. Dr Beebe referred me and set me up with an appointment with Dr Tibblis, the audiologist who assessed my hearing and tested me there at the center. Before I knew it they were calling me for hearing aids.
I am part of the majority of the population who has Medicare, but could not afford hearing aids. I am so grateful to the whole Senior Friendship staff that helped me get the hearing aids. It feels wonderful to actually hear the water running and the telephone ring. I used to leave water running because I couldn’t hear that I left it on. I never heard my car clicker. Before hearing aids, my son would always say “ Mom, clicker.” After I got my hearing aids, the phone startled me! I had forgotten what it sounded like. “
Constance also said she asked her son to walk across the room and speak to her normally. She was astonished that she could hear him… “Then he said, ‘now I have to watch what I say to you!’ ” I am so grateful to the staff of the Venice Health Services and Dr. Tibbils – they have changed my life!”
Events like this are a team effort and involved the community as well. In this case a grant from The Community Foundation at The Venice Golf and Country Club made it all possible!
Hillary Clinton once used the expression, "It takes a village!" Well, we're so grateful to have the Venice Golf and Country Club as a part of our "village". Their generosity is helping to change lives.
About Lois Marshall
Lois is Director of Health Services at Friendship Centers' Venice facility. She's a Masters prepared, board certified gerontological nurse, and licensed healthcare risk manager. She has worked in both acute and chronic care, for profit and not for profit and at the end of the day at the Venice health services clinic she's touched lives. As Lois commented, "It is a most rewarding experience. Our patients and volunteers are wonderful people to know and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in this capacity."