Four years ago, Madge Plank's phone rang.
The year before, she had retired from 21 years as a caregiver at Home Health Clinic in Morehead. The call was from a former coworker who told Madge that Wales and Thelma Trent, longtime Morehead residents, needed help. "A prayer was answered," says Ted Trent, after Madge had agreed to help care for his parents.
Madge spends about 30 hours a week helping Wales and Thelma, both now 92. She prepares breakfast and lunch--often, Wales' favorite chicken and noodle soup with chocolate pudding for dessert. She also helps Thelma and Wales dress when needed and tidies the house.
"I try to make it comfortable for them," Madge says. She often sits with them, sharing their stories. "She's a nice person," Wales says.
"Knowing what to do and becoming acquainted with them was easy," Madge says.
Madge daily visits Morehead's Life Care Center, where Thelma was admitted to begin rehabilitation for a broken foot. Thelma regularly greets her with a smile. Madge smiles back as she watches Thelma regain her strength. The Trent family feels grateful to Madge every day.
"People like Madge," says Ted, "I don't know where we as a family or where Mom and Dad would be today if it wasn't for her."
"I'm very thankful that the Trent family needed me and that I was free to take the job," Madge says. "These are the most wonderful people I've ever worked for. They're the grandparents I never had."