When Anne arrived at
Potomac Valley it was heartbreaking because we had hoped that once she
left the hospital she would be able to return home with me. We thought,
after all, she just went to the hospital because she was short of breath
and wheezing. The hospital doctors said Anne’s prognosis was pretty
poor. She could stay in the hospital ICU following a tracheostomy or go
to a nursing facility for end-of-life palliative care and be treated
with a BiPAP breathing device. We chose the latter and were guided to
To say that Anne was depressed about the transition to a nursing
facility is an understatement. I cannot adequately describe how
remarkable the Potomac Valley staff was with her in helping her
acclimate to both a new setting and her breathing machine treatments.
Anne’s quality of life was a consistent focus among the care team. Anne
participated in activities at Potomac Valley, enjoyed harp concerts and
massage. Potomac Valley even made it possible for Anne to attend our
Anne eventually passed away from her illness. I will always be grateful to Potomac Valley for their support and compassion.