This morning in my morning group, we used ribbons on sticks to “paint the sky” to a scenery DVD of sunsets, sunrises and cascades of fluffy clouds, while harp music accompanied us, providing a flow and rhythm for our swirling ribbons. After we “painted the sky”, I asked each resident to look at their ribbon and admire the color that they had in their hands. Then I asked them to tell me if a rainbow would be pretty if it were just one color. They all responded in the negative, to which I told them that each of us are a different “color”. One of my residents took it quite literally and said “really?!”. I laughed a bit, and said “All of us have white skin, but each of us have a different personality, married different people, grew up in different families, had different jobs, etc. ” As they pondered this, I then said. “It’s a lot like friendship, and working together. As individuals we are special and unique, but when we come together, it’s like a beautiful rainbow.”
Here at Twin Rivers campus memory care environment, we strive to create a colorful harmony of friendship, compassion and love by recognizing that each resident contributes their beautiful color to create our rainbow of a caring community.