I am a volunteer for Compassionate Care Hospice®. My dad was under their care in his last days and when I was contacted by them to see if I’d be willing to volunteer for them, I said yes without hesitation. The care that Compassionate Care Hospice® provided for my dad was phenomenal so saying yes was my way of giving back to them. Now, after serving 6 patients, I guess you could say those 6 lovely ladies have given back to me tenfold.
Five of my patients have passed away. Those 5 elderly were non-verbal and non-mobile. A few were in wheelchairs but it wouldn’t have mattered if we stayed still or moved around. They just enjoyed being read to, having their hands held, listening to hymns, and having scriptures read to them. One of my patients was an ‘emergency’ as her days were limited. She lasted over a week; which was a surprise to her daughters and to me.
My patient that I am presently serving is 98 years young, and she is my first to be able to carry on a conversation. What a joy it has been to listen to her share stories. She has some dementia, however, her long term memory is still intact. Today I learned that she was a one-room country school house teacher, and our conversation was so delightful. 🙂
Here is a glimpse of her blast to the past. My charming patient shared that she had received 6 months of teacher training from someone at the school she would be teaching at. She taught eight grades. While teaching she lived with a family who lived nearby. For the most part, all of the kids walked to school. This one-room country school house teacher had to get the fire going when she arrived in the morning. The work day was from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for her and her students. She enjoyed reading and writing, but loved all subjects that she taught. The kids all brought their own sack lunch and they had about 15 minutes to eat it. Then they had recess for 30 minutes. The boys loved to play baseball, and she would play baseball with them…in her long dress.
What an enjoyable conversation it was. I look forward to next week to learn more about her days teaching in the old one-room country school house. If you think about it…any information that I learn will depend solely on the questions I ask her. Oh my…what pressure. 🙂 And, oh my, what a pleasure. ~Wendy
Visiting with the elderly is like the water show at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Tennessee — mesmerizing. These seniors are a captivating fountain of knowledge just waiting to be tapped. We encourage you to visit with them; and please visit them often. We guarantee it will be worth your time.