On Wednesday, December 18 the staff at the Milford Center nursing and rehabilitation facility were surprised as they were treated to a complimentary lunch by local catering business Troops BBQ. Linda and Butch Elzey, owners of Troops BBQ, decided that they wanted to give back to the nurses and staff that have taken care of their mother since June of 2013.
Hesitant about leaving their mother, who was diagnosed with dementia, in the hands of any healthcare facility, the Elzeys now find comfort in their decision to place her in the arms of the Milford Center staff. Visiting mom every day, sisters Linda Elzey and Sherry McKee have daily interaction with those that take care of their mother.
“We were very hesitant to place her in a nursing home, it is a difficult decision for anyone to make,” commented McKee. “She is very happy and content here and you can see that the employees really care for how they are helping their patients.”
Approximately 25 years old, the Milford Center was originally the Genesis Eldercare facility. When the Genesis Assisted Care facility was built across the street on the west side of Rt. 113 about 15 years ago, the names were changed. The Milford Center is now devoted entirely to seriously demented Alzheimer patients who need constant care.
In an effort to “take care of those that take care of us”, Linda, Sherry and Butch decided that a fully catered lunch would be the least they could do to simply say thank you. Cooking for employees the family made certain to thank every individual that walked through the door at lunch.
“We just want to say thank you for making us feel comfortable, it was difficult to put her in a situation like this but you have given us peace of mind,” commented Linda. “They are great people out here and we know mom is happy.”
Technically a for-profit business Troops BBQ donates a portion of their gross income to the veteran community. Creating and serving the non-profit organization Delaware Community Appreciation Group (DCAG), the pair helped to raise $200,000 for local veterans and their families by securing money for food and supplies, electric bills and transportation to help veteran families get back on their feet. Owners of a business in tough economic times, Linda and Butch continue to believe that sometimes there is more to be gained than the almighty dollar.
“It is not always about the money,” commented Butch. “We walk away from alot of these events with much more than the money is worth. Today, we feel great about taking care of the people that take care of our family.”