The following is a letter received from a family whose loved one was a resident at Valley View Villa in Fort Morgan, Colorado.
On Christmas night 2015, my wife and I took my mother-in-law to the emergency room of the Fort Morgan Hospital. After undergoing several tests, she received the diagnosis of advanced lung cancer.
The next few weeks led to meeting with medical specialists and the decision to seek out a care facility. My sister-in-law and wife prayed. They conducted their research. The result in early January 2016 was the decision to admit my mother-in-law to Valley View Villa, a care facility in Fort Morgan. Reality was constantly on our mind; my mother-in-law did not have long to live.
“Oh, I believe there are angels among us / Sent down to us from somewhere up above. / They come to you and me in our darkest hours.”
These are words from a song performed by the band Alabama. These are also the words the family of Cleo Munsell, my mother-in-law, would use to describe the entire staff of Valley View Villa. Pursuant to its mission statement, Valley View Villa is committed to being a premier provider of long-term health care. We believe the staff exceeded that commitment by preserving her dignity and self-respect and providing care in a sincere, loving manner.
We can recite daily acts of love demonstrated by the staff during Cleo’s stay but are limited by space and time. One of those acts that stands out is the angelic voice of Silvia [Young, occupational therapist assistant] as she sang to my mother-in-law.
Cleo died a few days later on Good Friday. The staff of Valley View Villa were a comfort to Cleo. Just as important, their acts of love and kindness remind us, the living, there are “angels among us.”
-- Lorenzo W. Martinez, on behalf of the family of Cleo Munsell