Oh no, that is too bad. I hope she heals quickly and is not in too much pain. :mad:
I used to go with my church to sing Christmas carols at nursing homes. It was fun & sad all at the same time. Some of those folks go years without any family visits. :mad:
I am so glad that you and your husband are there putting smiles on faces! :)
Last edited by RobJohnson; 01-12-2009 at 12:51 AM.
It probably comes down to privacy---you can't force people out of their rooms, but my brother-in-law's mom was in a home where they encouraged the people to be out of their rooms, always doing some sort of an activity.
The older folks love to watch the little kids. My mom used to brighten when she'd see little ones visiting at the home.
There's a place in STL area where they were doing the "Eden experience". It was a home formerly owned by the Shriners. It wasn't the most gorgeous facility, didn't have the fancy furniture, but it did allow residents to keep their pets, brought pets in, had plants everywhere and had gardening classes, etc. I tried to get my mom transferred there, but the waiting list was too long.
Her husband makes the trip every day, back and forth to Las Vegas to see her. He is so dedicated to his wife. This has been hard on him, as he has Parkinsons. But he still managed to come in 1st place during a bowling tournament and loves to play tennis. He just turned 86. :)
Just as she was about to be healed enough to come home, she had another fall while trying to use the restroom in the middle of the night. :mad:
Ok...nobody laugh at me! My Christmas present this year was a little mini horse, Annie. My first thought when getting her was that I would like to take her to nursing homes and the local children's hospital.
We are not ready yet, as she is only 6 months old and thinks she is all that and a bag of chips too...we have some training to do...lol
Any advice from anyone on how to go about this?
Reading the posts in this thread are very heartwarming!
Mini horse patio visits sound great...on weekends before my husband puts me to work...lol...I bring Annie up on my patio and she has coffee with me...well, she has carrots and I have coffee.
So the activities director is where I get started...can't wait!
When my grandma was still alive, I used to bring Katie to visit with her. Grandma liked all dogs, but the other people in the nursing home really liked Katie. She is very well-behaved in those kind of situations.
They used to send goats on the program. But some of the homes weren't happy with the goats little "presents", even though we came with a broom and shovel to clean. Goats are impossible to house train. :D
I'm sure the residents would love the horses. Those who are afraid of a larger horse can at least look from a distance.
There are some residents who dislike all animals, but they're in the minority. I've just learned to read the body language and not let the dogs bother them. But most of them beam with happiness and tell us about their pets.
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