“When I tell others about Senior Connections and how they connect friendly visitors to senior citizens, they naturally assume my friend is older than I. This is not the situation with my friend Mike, he is actually almost 15 years younger than I am. His life experiences and health have taken a toll on him, initially leaving him withdrawn, uninterested in much of
anything, and skeptical.
In the beginning, he shared how he was surprised that I kept our appointments each and every week. After six months of consistency and building his trust in our relationship, he decided that I could be counted on as a friend. We built this relationship over a weekly game of chess.
When we began our visits, Mike’s room was in a secure area as his staff feared he might abandon the care he needed. Today, he enjoys a different landscape from his room in an open unit and has changed his mind about the benefits of living in this community. He has
even suggested that I might want to join him as a resident at the nursing home in the future!
Having a friend who depends on me each and every week for conversation and companionship has given me focus in my own retirement and a unique opportunity to share myself with another senior.”
If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.