Tom was one of the first residents I interacted with when I was a "rookie" activity director. Already at our facility for two years, he was stiff from rheumatoid arthritis, had multiple heart issues, dry scalp, a catheter and red circles under his eyes. On several occasions, he threatened me that he was going to throw himself off his bed.
Somebody has an old saying that goes something like this: When elephants fight, only the grass gets trampled. I find that ironically apropos as the nation starts to realize its government might actually shut down at midnight tonight.
Don't you wish you were an elephant—in Southeast Asia?
A new nursing home in Lampang province, Thailand, is opening next month. Set on nearly 400 acres of open land, the facility will encourage its new admissions to wander and to bathe in a stream. Thirty of the new residents—elephants, that is—already have moved in.