The following letter comes from “A Son With a Satisfied Mind” whose mother lives at The Farmstead in Andover, MN.
Reading his firsthand experience renews our passion and purpose. It’s our hope that it touches your hearts, too.
My mother has lived at the Farmstead since 2011. Like many other family members, from March 2020 to April 2021, I was not able to have in-person visits with my mother. I missed our walks together, our drives around the community and the many meals we used to share at Panera. Most of all, I missed my mother’s hugs!
When The Farmstead began to oﬀer FaceTime visits last year, I signed on. I began to chat with my mom every Wednesday, right after lunch.
Mom is 96 years old. She is pleasantly confused, and she often chants or gets distracted when I FaceTime her. I felt as if I were trying to grasp elusive bubbles floating across the screen of my iPad. I just couldn’t connect with my own mom.
I probably would have given up on FaceTime completely, but then, [staff member] Celeste stepped into the picture.
Celeste knows my mom well, and Mom is relaxed and attentive when Celeste is in the room. Celeste has the ability to create ‘conversation’ that includes all of us. With Celeste’s help, Mom often stops her chanting and seems to realize that I am near — even if I just appear on her screen.
Remarkably, even on screen, our shared stories and smiles feel comfortable, and being together "like family" has been huge for me in the midst of our social distancing.
Every Wednesday afternoon when I end our FaceTime call, I lean back in my chair with a satisfied smile, and I say to my wife, "That was a great visit." And, it’s because Celeste has made it so.
Even though the Covid regulations are easing up a bit, I treasure my FaceTime visits with my mom so much that I am going to continue my weekly virtual visit … FaceTime with Celeste and Mom is a gift that just keeps on giving!
A Son with a Satisfied Mind
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