Every quarter Circle Center’s all-star caregiver team compiles a report card for each of their participants.
Mom has always gotten great reviews, but this one took my breath away!
If my report cards had looked like this, I would have brought them home more often.
Therapeutic Activities: Helen participates in the daily A.M. Exercise Group, the Sing-Along, and other Music Programs. Helen is sleeping now during the Chair Dance Group’s sensory stimulation activity.
Memory and Emotional Support: Helen continues to be quite content in her own realm at the Center, drawing upon an inner reserve of happiness and joy.
Relationships: Helen will joyfully interact with just about anyone who passes or takes a moment to engage with her, often speaking or singing in a joyful response.
Snoezelen: This controlled multi-sensory environment (MSE) is a therapy for people with autism and other developmental disabilities, dementia or brain injury. Helen participates in the program 4-5 days a week. She responds well to light touch, is observed smiling and rocking to the music.
Summation: Helen is, as always, an engaging, happy, joyful soul who rocks!
Last night, I helped tuck mom in and then I told her about her report card. I told her how proud I was of her and how much I loved her.
Her eyes were closed now. She asked me who I was.
I whispered, “Tom, mom … it’s Tom.”
She responded, “Tom Laughon! I know Tom … I love Tom.”
After a long pause she added, “I am Helen Martin (her maiden name). She is a pretty, beautiful girl.”
“Yes she is, and yes you are. I am so proud of you. And, you know what else?”
“I love you, pretty, beautiful girl … I sure do love you.”
I pulled the cover up under her chin, bent over and kissed her brow while I gently rubbed her cheek. I stayed in that position for the longest time, synchronizing our breaths until we were breathing as one.