Stories of Impact
Barbara is one talented lady who truly loves to paint. One of her pieces was recently selected to be featured in two art exhibits as part of Curative’s partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association’s Memories in the Making® program. Her artwork was selected as one of 66 pieces to be displayed out of over 1,000 entries.
She is now a regular at Curative’s Senior Care Center where she enjoys socializing, doing yoga, going on community outings and of course, being able to express her passion for painting.
Her daughter, Roxanne, shared that Barbara was a bit hesitant at first about coming to a day program for seniors. “We looked at a number of options and just knew this was the right place for her.” Roxanne said the warm atmosphere, goal oriented programming and loving staff all made the decision really easy for her family.
“There’s not a second in the day that I have to worry about her when she’s here. We know this is the best place for our mom.”
Roxanne shared that her mom now loves coming to Curative and waves at people through the window every morning as she walks in. “The staff treat us like family. My mom is a picky eater and she loves the food here. Sometimes she even asks for seconds.”
Barbara has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and Roxanne wanted to make sure that she was in a place where she could be safe and remain active. “She loves to go on bowling outings with the volunteers from Carroll University. My mom has a lot of sass and they give it right back to her.”
Barbara has five children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She spent over 40 years as a caregiver for the elderly and cherishes her own independence. Roxanne noted that her family is very grateful for the respite care that Curative offers so that they can all continue to lead busy lives, knowing that Barbara is in a great place.
“She is a little fireball and we all know that she really loves coming here.”