“He was handsome, wasn’t he?” we said.
“Tell me about it!”
It’s difficult to capture in words the emotional magnitude of these visits. Elders are experiencing the physical & emotional effects of the pandemic more than most, and many have been in complete isolation since early March. One resident burst into tears as Obi walked up to her window; another nearly sprang from the bed in excitement and didn’t stop waving and blowing kisses until we were out of sight. Our hands met through glass as people reached out to the animals, that pesky barrier limiting us to hand gestures and body language for communication. Thankfully, eyes and smiles can say so much. One man even mimicked stroking a rabbit as we held Chester up to say hello.
Tears slipped beneath our masks as we absorbed the joy people were feeling. We cherish these moments.
We are privileged to do these visits, knowing that many people are still not able to see their family members & friends. Our goal is to bring some respite and enjoyment to those detached from their normal lives & communities, even if just for a short time, and to offer comfort to the families, knowing their loved ones are not alone. Thank you to those who have donated towards this program and made these visits possible!
Finally, our profound gratitude to the compassionate, dedicated staff at Christian Health Care Center who so lovingly care for our elder friends, and help facilitate our visits. Their hearts are so big!