Group home helps resident stay connected to past

Flowers serve as reminder of her mother

Every week, Laurie Esser goes to a flower shop to renew her connection to her mother.

“My mom always liked flowers. That’s why I do,” Esser said.

She lives at a Bethesda Lutheran Communities group home in Johnson Creek. Her friend and direct support person, Charlie Wolfram, drives her to the flower shop.

Group home helps resident stay connected to past

Esser’s mother passed away in 2009.

“I think for Laurie, buying the flowers is more than just buying something. At that moment, or at that time, when she is putting them together, I think it makes her think of her mother,” says Wolfram.

At the Elegant Arrangements by Maureen in Watertown, Laurie picked a bouquet of colorful flowers.

“I really believe it is a connection. It brings her back to her childhood and her family,” Wolfram said.

Group home helps resident stay connected to past

Knowing how important the flowers are to Laurie, the staff at Bethesda Lutheran Communities group home makes sure she gets there every week.

“At Bethesda, if we can help make that happen for Laurie, or people like Laurie, you bet we’re going to do that,” Julie Timm, vice president of marketing and communications for Bethesda Lutheran Communities. “Because that is what life is all about. Who doesn’t want a little happiness in their life?”

Group home helps resident stay connected to past

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