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"A Son's Testimonial" Video Transcript

I’m struck that sometimes I’ll come over to take him for lunch and say “are you ready to go?” And they say “oh, I don’t know, it’s kind of nice and warm in here. I kind of want to stay here.”

My father, Will Henshaw, is here at The Vicarage and has been here for about a year and a half. Prior to that, we were taking care of him at home- round the clock care which was a fairly big administrative task. 

One thing that really struck me the first time I visited was someone who was working here said they’d been here for 16 years and I thought how could that be in this position? It would be very hard for a lot of places to keep people like that.

It’s wonderful that you can look out his window or the living room window and see the Bustin’s or Wahlebutt Island, it feels like home.

We feel much better about my father being here as opposed to something that’s more like a big institution. There’s three of us brothers. You know I think the natural thought is guilt. Have we done right by our dad and then how do we feel about that? We are secure that he’s well taken care of and in the very best place he could be.