Nursing home takes senior citizen on her first swim

Matthew Reed Chaplain, Signature Healthcare of Pikeville

August 19, 2014

PIKEVILLE — One thing we lose as we age is the enjoyment of the simple things life has to offer. We become so focused on the hustle and bustle that we fail to stop and enjoy the small things that make our life worth living. At Signature Healthcare of Pikeville, we are making the little things a priority, even if it is as simple as taking a quick dip in a pool.

When word got out that one of our elders, Sadie, had never been in a pool before, a still shock spread throughout the masses. The first thought that permeated our minds was disbelief, followed closely by plans to make this happen. And if we were going to do this, we had to do it right. If it was going to be Sadie’s first time in a pool then it wouldn’t be your ordinary pool—it was going to be a water park!

As the day had finally come, you could see the nervous excitement on her face. The look on her face could be compared to a child waking up on Christmas and running to see what Santa had left them. The look of wonder and curiosity was painted on her face as she stared at the foreign scene of water slides, pools, and fountains.

When it was time for Sadie to get into the water her only words were, “Alright!” As she drew closer to the water you could feel the excitement mount. If it were a movie scene, it would have been in slow motion, and the orchestral music would be at its crescendo.

Finally, when you could cut the tension with a knife she entered the water. A smile was plastered on her face and she screamed, “Ooh ooh ooh! It’s so cold!” After getting in she was like a kid in a candy store.

If you asked her if she had a good time, she would look up at you, smile her warm and friendly smile, and say, “I sure did.”

It is moments like this that make life worth living. Yes, we have to work, and yes our lives are busy, but when we slow down and think for a second, we realize that our lives could do with more simple things. Our goal is to provide our elders with all of life’s simple pleasures, even if it is just a quick dip in a pool.