Florida Tackett epitomizes the phrase “Success Story.”  Florida has been a Mayfair Manor patient since November, 2011.  When interviewed by the Quality of Life/Activities staff, she stated that “she had a lot of interests, but would not be interested in participating in the activities we offered.”

She preferred to pursue individual activities in her room.  In July, 2012 after discussion with her family, the decision was made to provide one-to-one visits with Activities staff.

Over the course of the next eight months Activities staff discovered that Florida enjoyed talking about her family, friends, the squirrels that would steal birdseed outside her window, holiday traditions, and the magazine “Kentucky Explorer.” Florida had submitted a picture of her family to that publication many years ago.

Florida was an avid quilter and gardener. With the help of Activities personnel, Florida created a paper quilt, which was submitted to the Signature Art Competition, “Reflect ‘N’ Us.”  Activities staff introduced her to new activities, such as “Uno,” gin rummy, and “Yahtzee.” Little by little, with the Activities staff encouragement, Florida began attending some exercise classes, patient birthday parties, and Red Hat Society meetings. In June 2013, Florida was honored as Mayfair’s “Patient of the Month.

Her son Chester and other family members attended the party to celebrate Florida’s life! Now Florida also participates in art projects, the Penny Auction, and Bingo. Florida is quite social and loves conversations about anything!

Florida went on her first outing recently: She went bowling for “the first time in her life!”  Florida ended up being the high scorer with a whopping 104, and she even made a strike! All of us at Mayfair enjoy seeing Florida joining in the activities and having fun.  A special thanks goes to Activities Assistant Marissa Barry for her steadfastness and encouragement with Florida!

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