Linn’s Laundry Ladies

Just as air, food and water are necessary for life, clean laundry is necessary for a nursing home’s existence. Maria Periquito, Cheryl Miller and Barbara Branca are Linn Health & Rehabilitation’s three laundry room workers.  They keep every washable article...

Lora’s Memory Lane

Lora, age 98, sits reading her romance novel in her oversized armchair, covered in a pink gingham throw that she sewed herself. She is receptive to being interviewed and appreciates the company, escorting me down her memory lane.  Reminiscing about her childhood on a...

A Perfect Day With Mary

“It’s like a hotel here! What’s to complain about?”  Mary Silva tells me in her cheerful upbeat voice, “They clean my room and cook for me and I don’t have to do anything.” She moved to St. Germain Assisted Living six months ago. Mary told me a story about how she had...

Norman – the Karate Kid

  Norman Baird was a resident at Winslow Gardens for the past five years.  His wife, Jane, lived in the adjacent Linn Health Care Center, and that is one of the reasons he chose to live nearby.  After he lost his license to drive, living next door to Jane made their...

Amazing Myra

I sit with Myra on the couch at her Arbor Hill apartment and she shows me her artwork and the notecards that she makes to raise money for five different charities. They are primarily nonprofits that help victims of human trafficking, as well as her church, Victory...

Humor – the ties that bind

Bill Murphy, Winslow Gardens Resident God bless those with a sense of humor! They spice up the bland, stuffiness of every day existence. These folks are the ones who seek to brighten your day – even if your day is going just fine. Bill Murphy says good morning to me...