“I think people need company, whether it’s a person or a pet,” says Todd, who decided to move to Meadows Courtyard after her husband passed away and she broke her hip. “So many people are put into a retirement center or assisted living center and then it’s just like they’re not here anymore. People forget about them.”
If there’s one way to draw residents at Meadows Courtyard Retirement Community out of their rooms, it’s Charolette Todd’s basket of Pekingese puppies.
Almost on cue, the residents wander into the room to coo at the two-month-old balls of fur that could easily fit into a coffee mug.
“I can’t walk down the hall without somebody saying, ‘How are the babies?’” Todd says.