Independent living is important at all ages.
As we age, caring individuals who stop-by every few days, can make all the difference.
In this week's Eye on Health, Carla Burbidge tells us about a Minot Assisted Living Center offering free home visits.
Mary Leiphon of Minot and her dog Bailey look forward to regular visits from Sandy Larson.
Sandy is the Community Relations Director at Brentmoor Assisted Living Center.
Home visits may be are part of her job, but a great friendship has resulted from it.
(Mary Leiphon, Minot Resident) "I don't think people realize how dreary a day can be, you have friends, but Sandy has given it an extra push."
Mary and Sandy's relationship actually began after the flood.
Mary and her husband Joe had to evacuate so they moved into Brentmoor for awhile.
After they were back home, Sandy started dropping by.
Mary says Sandy was a bright spot in Joe's life.
Joe died a few weeks ago, and Sandy was right there offering her support.
(Mary Leiphon, Minot Resident) "This is a wonderful program."
Brentmoor offers the home visits for free to anyone who calls and requests the service.
It provides companionship, safety checks, or just a smiling face to break up a lonely day.
(Sandy Larson, Brentmoor) "It is the friendship too, it benefits us both, it has lots of rewards."
The home visit program at Brentmoor.
Good experiences and new friends.
For Eye on Health I'm Carla Burbidge.