Family and Elders Program Feature

Thursday mornings are a special day for several residents at Brookdale Highlands Ranch, because it is the day that their friend Flo comes to visit. Flo also look forward to Thursdays, as she has gained many friends through her visits. When asked about her visits Flo humbly said, “I always leave feeling like I learned and received more than I gave,” but if you ask any resident Flo visits they will confirm that her consistent, and joy-filled visits do so much for so many. 

Flo first volunteered with Bessie’s Hope in 2005 and has been visiting Brookdale Highlands Ranch since 2015.  Flo’s impact on the women she visits in undeniable. Ruth a 92-year-old Southern California native who dreams of warm days near the ocean says, “Flo is a breath of fresh air… she is our sunshine.” Marianne, also 92, says, “Flo is dependable, she comes every week and we just love getting to talk to her.” People light up from Flo’s visits, something that is extremely apparent in her friendship with a resident in late-stage Alzheimer’s.  At the beginning of a recent visit, the resident seemed upset and shared with Flo how much she needed her mother and how she hoped her mom would visit soon. Flo shared that she too needed and missed her mother, and then suggested that they take a walk together.  Immediately, the resident felt better and spent the next hour walking, reminiscing, and enjoying time with her friend.  When Flo had to leave, the two exchanged lingering hugs, and heartfelt comments, “I promise to be back soon”; With big smile,“I’m looking forward to it.”

For two hours on Thursday mornings, Flo brings joy and love to the residents of Brookdale Highlands Ranch. From sitting and chatting to taking long walks and from remembering the hard times to singing old favorites songs, Flo’s visits do a lot and always leave everyone with a smile on their face. ddd

If you are interested in participating in this program by yourself, with your family, with your 4-legged family member, you can set your own schedule or just drop by when you can.  Someone is waiting just for you.  This program targets the elders who have no other personal visitors, so the Bessie’s Hope volunteers become surrogate families, companions and advocates.  You only need to bring a loving touch and listening ears—

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