Pearle Vision Donation Gives Shabbona Healthcare Resident New View

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When Shabbona Healthcare Center resident Shirley recently lost her glasses, she lost a part of her connection to the world around her. Not being able to see and experience the people and events in her nursing home was frustrating and discouraging. Fortunately, Shirley’s nurses with Passages Hospice quickly stepped in to help find Shirley not only new glasses, but a new outlook.

When Shabbona Healthcare Center resident Shirley recently lost her glasses, she lost a part of her connection to the world around her. Not being able to see and experience the people and events in her nursing home was frustrating and discouraging. Fortunately, Shirley’s nurses with Passages Hospice quickly stepped in to help find Shirley not only new glasses, but a new outlook.

Passages Hospice social worker Joan Watkins was moved to help Shirley because it was “something small she could do to show her compassion.” She contacted local vision care centers and was frequently told they would offer a 10 or 20% discount for an eye exam and a new pair of glasses. Then she contacted the Pearle Vision at the Cherryvale Mall in Rockford. Manager Paul Lepien offered to donate a complete vision package. Shirley received an eye exam and a set of frames and lenses for free, as part of their One Sight charity program. “It’s important to be able to help out in a small way,” Lepien said.

When Shirley saw her new glasses, she couldn’t stop smiling. She barely said a word on the drive home as she looked out the window at old scenes that she was seeing in a new way. Shirley is quick to boast to her friends and caregivers about her new glasses and tells them thankful she is for the gift of better sight.

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Charlene Sligting