When we think of nursing homes and shutdowns, we always think about the lack of family and friends’ visitations. But, there is another group we don’t often consider.
Animals! There is something special about sharing space with God’s “other” creatures. Well, we miss those visitors also.
Even though we have limited access to most of our former visitors, we still have quality time with a few. One such special friend has been a Resident herself since shortly after Katrina closed our New Orleans Home.
Muffin came to us with a former Resident from the Little Sister’s facility in New Orleans and has been with us ever since. She’s comfortable with our Residents but developed a special relationship with a select few of our elderly, the Little Sisters, as well as some staff members. Anne Barkhouse and Aziza Thomas are her favorites. Muffin attends our parties, visits the Residents’ rooms, and often checks in on the staff. She is the ultimate supervisor!
We have another canine visitor, who belongs to Brian Fulmer, our Musical Therapist. “Moonshine” appears intimidating but instantly makes friends with everyone. As you can see, he schmoozes with the best of ‘em!
Our most unusual visitor comes from Vickie Evans-Bouyer, our Medical Records Coordinator. While “Crush” may not have the warmth of our furry friends, he still fascinates everyone who crosses his path.
Until we can invite the many loving animals who visited before the pandemic, these beautiful friends have certainly been a blessing!