How do you like this tree?
It's in the room of one of our residents, where it's been for over a year.
Her son put it up last Christmas, had it decorated very nicely and she loved it. She didn't want it taken down after Christmas so he strung a heart garland and called it a valentine tree. It had a few themes through the year, and has now gone full circle, once again celebrating Christmas and now Valentines day. She's in a private room so there's room for the tree and she enjoys it, so that's all that matters.
This lady has been through quite a bit in her life, not the least of which was being in a concentration camp in WWII. She is originally from Austria and was in the camp as a very young girl.
You may notice the flag on the picture next to the tree. Her son says she always had a flag in her room, so when she woke up in the morning, she was immediately reminded that she was in the United States.
When she was younger, she went to schools and talked about her experiences. She has dementia now and although she still remembers things, her memory is dimmer and she doesn't talk about it anymore.
It really is amazing to hear some of the stories of our residents.