Letter: Falmouth shows how elder care should be done

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I would like to express my gratitude to Capt. Mike Carroll, and the Emergency Medical Services in Falmouth for their responsive care of my mother, Patricia McDermott, who passed away Sept. 5. My mother suffered a heart attack and a stroke in the summer of 2010, and wasn’t expected to survive that summer. She worked really hard to get well, because she wanted to have time with her grandchildren, and enjoy her newly built home in Falmouth.

Because Falmouth EMS was responsive to her needs, she felt safe in her home. Her excellent medical-care team, combined with Falmouth EMS, gave her five more years with her grandchildren – birthdays, Christmases, and Fourth of July holidays. Because she lived through the Great Depression, the loss of her father at 13, and World War II,­ her work ethic kept her working into her 80s. She never really had a “retirement.” But she did have five years of independent living among those whom she loved. This is the greatest gift we can give back to our elders who served family and country. Maine needs more affordable, community-­based housing for our elders and persons with disabilities.

Maura McDermott