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Many of us think of our “bucket” lists with a wistful eye toward sandy beaches, cruises to ports unknown or helicopter rides. For Joseph Kareth, a 94-year-old Hosparus patient, his dream trip included a much shorter and simpler journey. He wanted to go to his own basement. With the help of his Hosparus nurse Melissa Griffin and certified nursing assistant Jorge Rosabal, Joseph recently made it down a flight of stairs for the first time in nearly a year.
Seated comfortably at the controls, Joseph turned on the switches of his massive train set. His eyes lit up as locomotives began making their way down tracks passing miniature businesses, cars, trucks, a post office, a lake, a junkyard for wayward trains and even a McDonald’s.
The World War II veteran and Fort Knox retiree never worked on the railroad, “I got interested in trains in the 1940s, then I picked up the hobby again in the early 80s.”
Thoughtfully watching her husband of 28 years, Mary Baldwin noted, “He loves it down here. It means so much to him to be with his trains.”
She adds, “Thanks to Hosparus, I can care for my husband at home where he is most comfortable. His team members are like family to us.”
Joseph readily admits he loves to see his Hosparus team coming, “They treat me so well. They are very professional and so down to earth. I feel better knowing I can call anytime and someone will help me.”
For some 35 years, Hosparus, a fully accredited non-profit hospice organization, has provided care, comfort and counseling for people facing life-limiting illnesses in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Hosparus cares for nearly 6,000 patients and their families each year. To learn more about Hosparus services, visit www.hosparus.org.