Robeson County is fortunate to have a number of adult assisted living homes and nursing homes. I know of no one who wishes to “be placed.’’ I have family in the Hermitage Care Facility.
Why do we forget these people still have needs? They need visitors, people who care, a clock for their room, nail clippers, shampoo, Kleenexes, hand cream, toothpaste, denture cream, socks, a wall calendar, or a fly swatter.
They crave a little TLC. These residents are in a facility that furnishes their meals, supervision, care, medications, and basic needs. These dedicated and caring employees return home after their shift as care takers and return the next day. This is their job. What is society’s role? These people are still part of our community, our church, our family, and our lives.
Shame on us for forgetting they are still part of our society! Not all residents are confined to the facility. Some need to occasionally go to Wal-Mart and ride a scooter, Sunday School, the mall, or be given a glimpse of the outside world.
Why do visitors pass by them in the hallways and politely say “Hello” and feel good about themselves because they “visited the nursing home?” There is a person waiting for our society to recognize them as person worthy of life and conversations.
We have churches that have empty pews. These people would cherish a chance to go to Sunday School again, to put on Sunday clothes, to have something to look forward to, and to hear gospel singing and preaching.
What a blessing if someone would accommodate these lovely folks. What a gift and what a blessing if we could add to one person’s life this week.