Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24Daniel T., Incredible Tennis Player, Successful Business Man and Honorable Marine My heart is full when I think about Daniel T. Grandfather, father, beloved husband, wicked tennis player, successful businessman, and honorable Marine, were just some of the ways we came to know Daniel. Daniel’s wife called Home Care Assistance after deciding to take Daniel out of his assisted living facility and bring him home. Daniel had been living in memory care and skilled nursing and was slowly slipping into a shell of the man he once was. At nearly six feet tall, he had dropped nearly 100 pounds over the course of his time in assisted living—a term we hate using because the last thing Daniel was living was his life. Daniel’s wife Barbara wanted Daniel to be able to go outside, enjoy their garden, and sit and watch all of the activity going on with the dragonflies, hummingbirds and turtles who brought the murky pond in the backyard to life. She also wanted Daniel to gain weight; he was skeletal and it was difficult for Barbara to see Daniel without his shirt on since he had gotten so thin. When we first jumped in to help Daniel, our two biggest priorities were to develop a caloric rich meal plan and a strong team of caregivers who could care compassionately for a man who was bed-bound, non- verbal, non-responsive, refused to eat, and who just stared straight through you without any recognition of the world around him. When you have very little to say, your facial expressions become everything. Daniel had a full set of thick eyebrows on his sunken face and used them to let us know what he liked and didn’t like, along with what confused him or made him happy those first few days. Then, miraculously, we saw his eyes start to twinkle and show us how he was feeling. As more time passed under our care, he started smiling and talking again. Going from non-responsive to saying two, then three, then four was exciting to see Daniel’s progress each day. And then he started using his hands and engaging with his caregivers by pulling on his sheets, tugging on their shirts if he needed something and throwing around his comfort elephant when he didn’t like what was on the TV. 7