With a little help from her son, a memory was recently made for Janis James, a 61-year-old resident of Courtyards Community Living Center in Fulton.
Through the Mississippi Health Care Foundation Make-a-Memory program a request was made for a computer with a web camera for Ms. James to be able to stay in contact with her son, Jesse James, who will be a full-time student at Mississippi State University in Starkville in August.
Jesse is James’ only child and had been her primary caregiver for several years before she became a resident of Courtyards during his junior year of high school at IAHS.
The mother and son have a very close and special relationship with Jesse stopping by the nursing home daily to spend time with his mother.
When staff at Courtyards Community Living Center learned the request for the computer with web camera had been approved, they planned a senior party for Jesse. Jesse was in on the planning and knew that his mother would be presented with the computer at this time. Jesse did not arrive at the party as scheduled and was in another room to call his mother and let her see him on the computer.
When she learned the computer set-up was hers to keep, Ms. James responded, “I have never been so surprised in my life. This will allow me to keep in touch with the child that I love deeply.”
Jesse is the first in his family to graduate from high school, much less to go on to college. Jesse was recognized in early April in Washington, D.C., as one of the 102 students from across the country to receive a scholarship from the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.
Mississippi Health Care Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, established to enhance the lives of residents in Mississippi’s long term care facilities. MHCF provides medical and personal needs for nursing home residents as well as fulfills memories through the Make-a-Memory program. MHCF also provides a limited number of scholarships to nursing home staff that wish to further their education improve the care provided to nursing home residents.
For more information, contact Tate Harper, activity consultant, Community Eldercare Services at 662-891-6142 or Melzana Fuller, MHCF staff, at 601-956-3472.
Adam Armour/The Itawamba County Times