Mark McNeary, General Counsel for Primrose Retirement Communities, hosts the fourth episode of the ‘Visits from the Heart’ series. This episode features his visit with Primrose resident Barbara W., who doesn’t mind sheltering in her apartment with her dog Miley.
Mark: Well thank you for taking your time out of your day to talk with me.
Barbara: Thank you.
Mark: So, how are you, how are you doing?
Barbara: I’m doing well, really well.
Barbara: They make sure we have everything we need, they check on us often. They still do some activities that we can do. And the food’s good. And everybody’s so friendly and I think I found paradise.
Mark: Well I’m really glad to hear that. I’m glad you feel that way. What kind of activities do they have you doing?
Barbara: I’m playing bingo, which is fun. And (we’re doing a) Louis L’Amour’s reading, and I can walk in the halls to get my exercise and they start doing chair exercising this week. It’s just things that keep you on your toes.
Mark: That’s good, that’s important.
Barbara: Rather than sitting in our room and not doing anything. I need to move.
Mark: What’s been the hardest thing for you over the last few weeks?
Barbara: I miss my daughter more than anything.
Mark: Sure, sure, that makes complete sense. What keeps you going, what keeps you motivated, keeps you positive right now?
Barbara: Taking my dog out and getting some fresh air. It’s just really a neat place.
Mark: So, what do you have planned for the rest of today?
Barbara: I’m gonna be playing bingo this week and I’m going to chair exercises this week. There’s a lot to do. You know we just get up and its time to bed, the time goes so fast.
Barbara: I know I’m really positive and I don’t think you could find anybody here that’s negative about the place. It’s just wonderful.
Mark: What’s the first thing you are going to do with your family once this is over?
Barbara: Just to get to see them will be wonderful, you know, I can’t wait. I get to hug my daughter.
Mark: Yeah, I understand that. Is there anything we can do to make things a little bit better for you?
Barbara: Nothing you can do to make it better. In fact, it’s really nice because they’re making sure that we’re protected and we can’t get out in the community and get exposed to that virus. They really protect us.
Mark: Good, good, I’m glad to hear that. I’m glad you feel safe.
Barbara: Better probably than any place there is in town because they are protecting us. I’m not going anywhere.