Theo was a logger in Arkansas, before an accident left him unable to continue in that line of work. The Wells’ decided to move to Michigan where Theo took a job with Holland Hitch as well as becoming a part-time preacher. Wincie became head custodian of Fennville Public Schools while also raising a family of three children.
They lived happily in Fennville for many years. However, when Theo suffered a severe stroke, his family knew they needed help to care for him.
“My mom was his caregiver,” Cindy stated. “When he had a stroke, he was in the hospital and they transferred him to a facility. But he wanted to go home, so my mom took him home. His doctor recommend that it was probably time for hospice. Between my brother, myself, my sister, and my mom we felt it would be best to call in hospice and get the equipment we needed and the information on how we would take care of him. Hospice came right in and helped us through it all.”
So when Wincie also suffered a stroke in late 2019, Cindy’s previous involvement with Hospice of Holland meant she knew exactly what to do.
“(After) going through hospice with my dad, when things happened with my mom we didn’t even hesitate,” said Cindy. “We had taken her to the hospital when she had her stroke. Someone at the hospital came in and said ‘would you guys consider hospice?’ And we knew it was time. They evaluated her in the hospital, and by the time we got her home everything was already set up.”
Cindy recalled what her mother’s journey with Hospice of Holland was like.
“It was wonderful. They walked us through everything. Anytime we called if (Hospice of Holland) felt they needed to come out, someone would come right away. If we needed supplies, sometimes they would make extra stops just to bring us stuff. I can’t say enough about hospice. At the end of both (my parent’s) lives Hospice of Holland came out and took care of everything. For example taking the bed and all the supplies away. We didn’t have to worry about any of that. We very much appreciated it.”