Christmas Music

I know I said I was done with my Christmas series but I just had to share this with you as it was so lovely. My father in-law is in a nursing home and last night, he was part of the choir’s Christmas concert. It seems these days, we hear a lot about bad nursing homes and seniors’ abuse but I am happy to be able to report differently about Dad Dumais’ residence. They’re not perfect but as close as you can probably get with something where humans are in charge as we are all prone to making mistakes; the nature of the beast that we are.

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Hillsdale choir ready to entertain!

The joy of this particular home is all the activities that are available to those living there. My father in-law loves music so being in the choir is a very natural fit for him. He doesn’t need much persuasion to break out into song. He’s always ready to entertain and last night was no exception. The choir was nicely adorned in red capes and festive antlers and Santa hats. They were led by an amazing volunteer who sings and entertains with obvious joy. The seniors love her and one can easily tell, she loves them too. We enjoyed a lively hour of Christmas tunes followed by refreshments.

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Dad Dumais is in the back row with the blue ball cap and antlers! So cute!

The nursing home feels like a home not a care facility or hospital. Everyone is welcome to participate in weekly events like pubs, tours or adventures outside the home. There are fish tanks everywhere to admire, cozy sitting areas for quiet visits with loved ones, a gift shop and cafe, a library and large auditorium for big events like last night’s concert. It is a place that you can trust your treasured loved ones are being well cared for.

We had most of the family gathered for last night’s musical program. It was fun to share this time with Dad Dumais and see him so obviously enjoying himself. Though he may not always remember who we are, we confidently say he is “happily confused.” He is comfortable and enjoying life even at the age of 92 and I think that is a beautiful blessing!

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All smiles like usual!

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Enjoying refreshments and opening some Christmas cards.

Surely if this delightful man can enjoy life at his age, we can all take a lesson from him. The important thing in life is to find things you enjoy doing and do them often. Spend more time with people you care about and less time worrying about accumulating more stuff. Be aware of your blessings and be grateful for what you have instead of always wanting more. Live simply. Be Pretty, Plus and Proud of who you are and all you have done to be the amazing person that you are. Remember that actions speak louder than how you look. Be kind, loving, gentle and generous. In doing so you will experience the joy of what life is really all about!

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