June 10, 2020 late morning
When I visited Mom Monday at 11, Lenoir Woods had a new setup for visiting called Chatterbox. I don’t know if this is something circulating in care homes or if this is something that originated at Lenoir, but it was much nicer than visiting with mom through a screened window.
This is what it looks like:
Visitors are screened with a survey and temperatures are taken. We have a walkie-talkie thing we press when we speak and release when we want to hear the loved one speak.
I thought it was terrific and was delighted to see Mom recognize me when she was first brought to the area. She said something about “my daughter” and “Jeanette,” and she smiled.
We had 15 minutes to visit and I did most of the talking. She is quite good at responding to a conversation with little phrases, but her ability to form complete sentences is quite diminished. She looked around at the surroundings and at one point started talking about her daughter. I waved and she refocused.
When asked, she claims she is eating well, still sometimes stays up until 2 or 3 a.m. as the resident night owl, and appreciates the staff who work in her community. “It’s really nice.”