Remembering Mom: Fund Honors Elderly Women Who Need Home Care Services

Battling a re-occurrence of bladder cancer in 2012, Carol Polley was extremely ill—and determined to stay out of the hospital.

The desire to respect her mother’s wishes while ensuring she was well cared for led Gail Polley-Nordhaus to Fairview Home Care. Enter Samantha Tessmer, case manager.

“Samantha came out and really nursed my mom back to health,” says Gail. “We had so much confidence in her—Mother had so much confidence in her. Samantha could encourage my mother to do things the family could not get her to do.”

Samantha remained a critically important resource for the family until Carol’s death in 2013. After her mother’s passing, it was important to Gail to honor her mother’s legacy by supporting other women of her mother’s generation.

“Women of this generation are twice as likely as men to be living at poverty level simply because they did not have the opportunity through pensions or retirement funds to build the financial nest egg required to supplement Medicare,” says Gail.

“Many women of this era go without sufficient health care and services.”

Gail established the Carol C. Polley Homecare Assistance Fund to offer financial support to elderly women with traumatic health occurrences who have a strong potential for recovery and would benefit from private home health care.

“My mother was a wonderful mom and a fabulous woman,” says Gail. “We still feel her. She makes her presence known to us all the time.”

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