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Mercedes Jeanne Reynolds
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Eureka, CA, United States
Translation/Interpretation - Spanish/Eng
Mercedes Reynolds has worked in the field of translation/interpreting for over three decades and is fluent in both Spanish and English in a variety of settings. She has had extensive experience working with the Hispanic community in a variety of locales and capacities. She currently runs her own translation business in Humboldt and Del Norte counties serving a wide variety of government, social, and private agencies in both written and oral modes. Mercedes holds a BA in Spanish, Mills College. MA & Preliminary Administrative Credential in Bilingual Education, CSUS.
My late husband did not want to spend his last days in a facility, whether medical or age-related. We live in a small, rural community with limited options anyway, but without disparaging the many caring facilities that do exit, he was adamant about staying home in a loving and familiar environment.
Indeed, his personality was such that the various hospital stays he began to experience, however necessary or positive physically, invariably left him negatively impacted on a mental and emotional basis. This, in turn, of course impacted his physical state, and added to the weight of the entire situation for all involved.
As his condition deteriorated, and my daughter and I took off from work to care for him, it would have been useful to have had a directory of resources to draw from such as you are proposing to develop. We were, however, extremely fortunate to have received care in his last days from Dr. Michael Fratkin and his staff at ResolutionCare.
Dr Fratkin was able to, within literally minutes of first contact, assess the myriad facets of the situation, and, further, to delve right to the heart of my husband's emotional/mental state. He was able to guide my husband to necessary decisions which brought the whole family together, all the while respecting my husband's autonomy and strong wishes to be at home until his end.