Letters to the editor December 8

Letters to the editor December 8

Great care

My father, Robert Jones, died Oct. 20 at the age of 93 from the complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was a resident of Allderdice Unit at Charles Morris since 2008, and before that, he was in the Arbor Unit. In his last months, he was also enrolled in Sivitz Hospice.

Our family is very grateful for the excellent care Dad received over the years. The front-line staff who cared for him are very capable and treated him with warmth and fondness, which meant a lot to us. Between us, we visited my Dad almost every day, so we had the opportunity to observe that they treat all the residents with competence and compassion. It is a great group — supervisors, nurses, activity directors, attendants, physical therapists and other therapists, hospice staff, social workers. Even the housekeeping staff always have an eye out for residents’ safety and welfare, plus a smile and friendly word.

We have recommended Charles Morris to several friends and acquaintances because of the wonderful care provided by your employees.

During my father’s last day, my mother and I sat at his bedside holding his hands. Throughout the day, many staff members came in to say goodbye to Dad. Their warmth toward him was clearly heartfelt. And they gave my mother and me great comfort and good advice.

So thank you for having such a great staff for those who need it.

Russellyn S. Carruth


Unjust policy

I just wanted to thank you so much for your marvelous Nov. 10 editorial,  “Papers Please.”

Since my middle daughter, Roni, was born in 1998 in Jerusalem, we have tried unsuccessfully to get the American government to recognize her birth as an “Israeli” rather than a “Jerusalemite,” but to no avail. To this day, her birth certificate still reads, “Roni Weil, born in Jerusalem, No Country.”

It is insulting, unjust and inconsistent with U.S. policy that has always recognized Israeli sovereignty over west Jerusalem, where she was born.

Aaron Weil 

Squirrel Hill

(The author is executive director and CEO of the Edward and Rose Berman Hillel Jewish University Center.)