Chicago-based performer named Colette Hawley has made it her mission to bring music and joy to some of the most isolated and lonely people; nursing home residents. She has been singing to seniors and Alzheimer’s patients across the country since 2014.
Nursing homes are quiet at the best of times, but with the precautions needed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic they have been on complete lockdown for months. This means even those who would normally visit multiple seniors to visit and entertain, like Colette, have been unable to. It’s just not safe for them to be able to go in and be around the seniors.
But you don’t need to be in the same room, or even the same building, to bring music to people! And if you’ve got a window you can see someone out it. So Colette started going around and performing outside the windows of the residents; but what about the ones on the upper floors? Especially those who might be bed ridden? Colette came up with a solution for that too!
She turned to Google and typed “cherry picker rentals.” That’s right, she brought a 30 foot bit of heavy machinery around to Chicago Methodist Senior Services to put on a show and the only thing that went viral was her performance and the story. If you want to know more about Colette and her story, and there is much to know, you can find it in your Good News Story of the Day here.
But even she was surprised by the response. “I did find the overwhelming response really heartening because it indicated to me that people really do want to see something good happening for seniors in these nursing homes,” she said. “People just don’t know what to do and how to do it.” Now, thanks to Colette, we have some ideas.
Story and Image from The Washington Post.