By: Carole Norman Scott
We usually visit Ben about every three months (since we’re both almost 82 and we live 4 hours from him). April would be our next target date. With this virus, and the “Shelter in place” orders, AND the prognosis that this may go on much longer than anyone expected, we don’t know when we will see him next. We hope enough staff are able to be at his living facility to see to everyone’s needs. Thankfully, God is aware of the situation, and we pray He will provide, as He always has in the past. It is a very unusual thing we are dealing with though. I have never seen anything like it in my lifetime. Ben usually has a job he goes to everyday (shredding paper), and a classroom time each day too. In the classroom, they do some work helping Ben to understand differing concepts. He also exercises on a stationary bicycle. But the best part for him is that he/they can listen to music, watch movies and/or videos, or he can sit at the window and work his beloved puzzles. He loves to watch the birds at a feeder close by as he completes them. That is his place of relaxation…doing all the things he enjoys.
I just talked with Ben’s Social Worker there, and she says that things are going very well , and they have had no cases of the Covid-19 yet. They are going on pretty much as usual, and Ben is still getting to go to his classroom each day, and well as his job (it is just him and his instructor while there). They are not allowing any visitors on the grounds though, and the clients who live there cannot go on any bus trips, or leave the premises. SO, it will be a while before we can see him. They have just started a “skype” program, and we haven’t tried it yet because Ben can’t really carry on a conversation, but I know he would enjoy seeing us (and we, him) a LOT! I’ll have to look into that, and see how it works. SO good to hear that he is well and functioning “as usual,” I know that makes it easier for everyone. The man in charge of Ben’s “cottage” has been there for at least 35 of Ben’s 44 years there. He is a fine, Christian man, and we are SO thankful for him. He knows Ben well, and I hope he’s able to continue on there, even though he’s reaching retirement age. He has been a true blessing!
Thanks to all who have looked at my blog recently. I hope you will come back and read many more of my writings. You can tell by how much is here to read, that Ben’s life has been foremost on my mind quite a bit of the time. However, our other two children had their share of attention too. God bless you and your families, and hope this helps in any or many ways.