Mrs. Anila is the most amazing woman I have ever known. In addition to her abilities as a carer, she it both compassionate and has an integrity that is, frankly, beyond measure.
Anila was my mother's carer from November 2013 throughout to my mother's death in February 2017. My mother had exhibited the early signs of dementia at the time I first met Anila. As my mother had lived with a chronic illness for most of her life, I knew that any carer would have to be prepared not only to support mum's declining mental state but also be responsible for her physical and medical needs.
Mum was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in the late 1960's and had lost most of her small intestine. Mum's confusion and loss of self-confidence was diagnosed as Alzheimer's disease in 2014.
Initially, Anila made sure that mum took her daily medications, boosted her self-confidence and kept doctor's appointments. She kept the house clean and would not let mum succumb to the effects of Alzheimer's, once it was formally diagnosed, encouraging her to continue playing bridge, play the piano and go shopping, all activities that mum loved and that she had stopped doing.
As time went by mum's needs became more critical. She was diagnosed with cancer, which was caught early on thanks to the vigilance of Anila who noticed the early symptoms and had mum checked out immediately. Mum was given extra years of life because of this early intervention. In fact, on many occasions Anila noticed anomalies in mum's health that on her own, my mum would not have had treated.
Anila not only took mum out and made sure she stayed engaged in the world, she also became an expert in her medical needs, putting up and disengaging mum's nightly drip, after being trained by the CLEA nurses, and advocating for my mum when she was in hospital, ensuring that the nurses were practicing due diligence. Anila spent many nights in the hospital, sitting next to mum's bed, holding her hand throughout the night.
Eighteen months ago we had to downsize mum to a smaller home and Anila was able to transition mum smoothly in a situation that could have been highly distressing. Anita masterfully set up mum's new small flat, placing familiar items in close proximity to where they had been before and making sure everything was ready when mum moved in. Mum was soothed and reassured and called the flat her home from almost the first day.
When mum died at home, which was her last wish, Anila was with her round the clock, barely sleeping so that mum would not be on her won in her final hours. Anila kept me up to date about every aspect of mum's life. At this I count Anila as a dear friend. She is an expert in caring for others and in learning what she needs to know in order to do this to the best of her ability.
As my uncle said of Anila, "There's a special place In heaven for her". I cannot recommend Anila more highly. She is the most responsible, reliable and compassionate individual you could hope to meet.