By: Asa Fix, Marketing Coordinator
Ever since Carman and Sam Keene were assigned Bobbi Watts as their Personal Care Provider (PCP) their life has changed immensely. Carman’s life has turned from black and white to Technic Color. She went from just living, to successfully living.
Bobbi, 70, has organized Carman’s cupboards, cleaned above the washer and dryer, hung pictures on the walls and cleaned her furniture. At the end of the day laughter and love is the best thing that Bobbi has brought to the table.
“Laughter is like the human body wagging its tail and ever since Bobbi came into my life I have been wagging my tail constantly,” said Carman. “My life is blooming again and Bobbi and SRC has given me so much more peace and serenity. I feel caressed in love. My heart beats again because of Bobbi and life means so much more.”
Carman and Sam Keene met in the 5th grade when they went to a Boy Scout dance together. Ever since then they have been best friends and sweethearts. They are now 76 and 77 years old and have been married 56 years.
“Sam and I had marvelous lives,” said Carman. “We have been married 56 years, we had children and we were successful. Then multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s, stomach surgeries, diabetes and so many other things happened to us. All of this happened a long time down a very happy road.”
When Carman was a child she broke her back, which she recovered from without any trouble. But, once she started to get older her injury caught up to her. She also went through two hip surgeries. It was impossible for her to take care of the Sam and the house by herself.
One day while she was at the doctor she discovered the Seniors Blue Book and saw Seniors’ Resource Center (SRC) advertised. She was in desperate need of help with chores around the house and with Sam, so she gave us a call. At that point, Carman didn’t know the door of help she had opened.
“The minute I saw Carman something clicked,” said Bobbi. “It’s like we have known each other forever. We think alike. We both said the good Lord sent us for each other. I lost my husband three years ago to cancer. Like Carman, I was just existing.”
Many days when Bobbi walks in the door Carman and Sam have 50’s music playing. She comes and grabs Sam’s hands and chair dances with him while he is in his scooter. Sam gets the biggest smile and pretends he is twirling her.
“You are spending the time of your life anyway, but when you are spending the time of your life and having the time of your life it’s so much better,” said Carman.
In Home Care Services at Seniors’ Resource Center provide friendly and affordable non-medical care to individuals in their own home. Trained and bonded Personal Care Providers assist with bathing, dressing, and other personal needs, as well as light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation and socialization.