Some people might describe Margaret Herston as a social butterfly. She’s always chatting with friends, visiting with family or flashing her youthful smile at one of her caregivers.
The 80-year-old wants to be in the know and involved at all times. Margaret’s outgoing attitude helped her adjust to living at Florence Nursing & Rehab Center once she reached the point that she needed 24 hour a day skilled nursing care.
“Starting out I was really sad, change can is sometimes a difficult thing,” Margaret said. “But I got used to everything and started getting involved in some of the things that we do here (Florence Nursing & Rehab Center) and I really started enjoying it.”
Now, you’ll find Margaret and her new friends talking on the patio or sharing a laugh in the dining room. Margaret’s gift of gab is not superficial. She genuinely cares about each person that crosses her path and takes time to get to know them.
“Ms. Herston speaks with kindness to everyone she meets,” Florence Nursing & Rehab Center Administrator Jennice Crowell said. “She is the definition of Southern hospitality and will do anything to help a friend or stranger.”
She’s also learning new things at the nursing home. She recently joined the facility’s Bell Choir and enjoys performing.
A little insider information, Margaret has four daughters, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
You can be sure Margaret will have a lot to talk about on July 28 when she competes in the Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant. The pageant will be held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel at 2:00 p.m.
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Editor’s Note: This is the seventh in a series of stories about the top 10 finalists for the 2014 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant. On July 23, we’ll post a story about Ms. Henry County Health & Rehab Facility Sarah Glover.