Dorothy Young and her grandson Johnathan.

Dorothy Young and her grandson Johnathan.

Dorothy Young has cared for her grandson his entire life. She adopted Johnathan at birth.

Raising him was a difficult task. Johnathan, now 27 years old, has cerebral palsy and seizure disorder.

Dorothy lovingly met his needs every day. But in the back of her mind, she always wondered what would happen if she was no longer able to care for Johnathan.

That fear became a reality last year when Dorothy, age 63, began having seizures. It was apparent she could no longer care for Johnathan by herself. Around the same time, Johnathan’s health began to decline.

Johnathan’s physician, Dr. John Dixon, recommended that he move to Crowne Health Care of Mobile because his medical status required 24-hour a day skilled nursing care. Soon after, Dorothy chose to move to Crowne because she needed skilled nursing care as well.

“I love that we are both here,” Dorothy said. “I can see him (Johnathan) every day, and I know he is receiving the best care.”

Dorothy is intimately involved in Johnathan’s care at Crowne Health Care of Mobile. She frequently meets with nurses to discuss his needs. Being able to do that puts her at ease.

“It takes a lot off my mind, because if he gets sick, I don’t have to worry about getting him to the doctor or hospital. He is in good care here, and I am at peace because of that,” Dorothy added.

As you can imagine, Dorothy’s not one to sit around and only think about herself. She uses her life experiences to counsel fellow residents going through difficult challenges and participates in many of the nursing home activities. She’s also working with Crowne’s rehabilitation staff to learn to walk again.

“Ms. Young has been a blessing to our facility,” Crowne Health Care of Mobile Administrator Amber Detamore said. “Our staff members have wrapped their arms around her and her grandson and they have become part of our family!”

Dorothy’s tireless care for her grandson and others will be recognized on July 28 when she competes in the Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant. The pageant will be held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel at 2:00 p.m.

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For more information about the pageant, click here.

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of stories about the top 10 finalists for the 2014 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant. On July 17, we’ll post a story about Ms. Cullman Long Term Care & Rehab Center Opal Mitchell.