While most of the Mansion is shut down, five or six residents have been able to stay in one wing, they are fortunate and they know it. The Mansion is such a comfortable place for them, and the care center they are staying in is very different.
Even today, there is more activity going on in the main residence than is in most adult care centers in a week. Madeline was watching a movie today, “Grease,” and Julie Harlin, the Mansion Activities Director was hosting a bingo game for Matt, who has stayed behind in the Mansion, and Peggie, who came to the Mansion from her daughter’s home to spend the day.
“I miss being home,” Peggie said. She was playing cards with Julie and Matt – they were playing “Rummy.” I wanted to cry, seeing how at ease and secure the Mansion residents feel in their home, and how upset the evacuated residents feel where the are.
I have not seen a single activity at the Danforth Adult Care Center all week. The Mansion refugees are struggling and feeling especially fragile there, while state bureaucrats pile up one investigation after another – today it’s the possibility of asbestos.
We visited with the Mansion left-behind residents today – Ruth, Wayne, Peggie, Matt, Ben and Madeline. I brought some photo books and Bud, he did well visiting, he loves to be petted.