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11/25/04-Tyler

Families Spend Thanksgiving In Nursing Home

"Thankful for my many blessings," Geraldine "Jerry" Wesson, 84, said.

"I am thankful for my family and I am thankful for our health," Anita Hardwick, her daughter, said. "And just that we all get to be together at some point during the holidays."

Mother, daughter, and son-in-law. It's not their usual thanksgiving dinner at home, but their lives have changed. And so have the others who now live at Park Place Nursing Home. Many of them, including Wesson, are wheelchair bound. Wesson depends on the care of the staff, as well as visits from her family.

"The first year or two that you experience it this way it's difficult," Hardwick said. "And obviously, there's a lot of nostalgia. But then this is mother's home now. This is where she lives. And so we've just come to be with her for the holiday."

"Happy," Wesson said. "Oh, yes, I'm happy. This is not a holiday unless we can have them all together."

Hardwick says, in the past, Mom was the one who cooked the turkey dinner. And though she can't do that anymore, inviting her loved ones to eat with her at her new home is her way of keeping the tradition. And speaking of traditions, cranberries and stuffing aren't the only kinds of trimming going on here.

"You should see my apartment," Wesson told us. "They've been over decorating."

The tree is trimmed with decades-old holiday memoirs. And the rest of her room is, too. You could say, Wesson is ready for the holidays.

For many residents at the nursing home, today was their second Thanksgiving dinner. Park Place threw them another celebration last Thursday.

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