A Picture Says a Thousand Words

Someone once said “A Picture Says a Thousand Words…..”

When people move their parents into a senior housing community they do so with a fair amount of guilt. They have reached a decision that this person must leave most likely familiar setting to move into a communal setting. By the time a family member comes to this decision they almost always have a definite need. Sometimes people wait much too long to reach this decision.

I tell my staff we are not selling the pretty drapes, the white linen, the Grand Chandeliers or even our programs. We sell one thing. That is peace of mind. Peace of mind is what often is the medicine for the guilt that we as family members have.

Two or three times a month, I receive a picture via email from the Aegis community where my mother resides. The picture often shows her doing some type of activity. I got one yesterday showing her at a Valentines Day party. When I opened it up, I felt so good inside. I studied the picture, saw mom, hair done, make-up on, enjoying the party. I stared at this picture for along time. I couldn’t be there that day with her at the party. But I felt as though she was having a good time and was well cared for.

That simple picture of her made my day. It allowed me to be at peace that she was enjoying life.

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