From left to right: Gary Brown, Elly Brown, Sharon McAliley, Mary Francis Brown, and Stanley Holland with Sylvia Holland, Ms. Alabama Nursing Home 2015.
Sylvia has five sons, one daughter and six grandchildren. She and her husband of 40 years Earl, were foster parents and two of their children were adopted from foster care. The grown children are spread across the U.S. in Auburn, Boston and Demopolis.
“Before about a year ago, we had never seen our Mom sick. She had only ever gone to the hospital to have her children,” said Sharon McAliley, Sylvia’s daughter. Then, the situation changed.
“Our brother Gary found a local-to-him nursing home with an available room. It has been a God send. After therapy, love, care and proper diet, within three weeks they nursed her back to what we knew our Mom to be. I am so indebted to Woodhaven Manor. They have been wonderful to mother,” said Sharon.
Twenty years now living and working in Boston, her son Stanley Holland, drove down last year and saw that his Mom was unhealthy. “It broke my heart to move her into a nursing home. Now, looking back, this was one of the smartest decisions we ever made, to have Mom reside at Woodhaven Manor,” said Stanley.
Sylvia said that she loves to tell senior citizens not to be afraid to go into a nursing home. “Alabama has some of the best nursing homes in the country, very clean, the food is good, and the care is excellent,” she said.
“You can again see that she is more beautiful inside than she is outside,” said Sharon. Sylvia is known to pick up a coat or blanket for a resident who drops it.
Gary Brown, her son living in Demopolis, takes her to volunteer at the Bargan Box on Saturday mornings and he, with his two daughters Mary Francis and Elly, goes to church with Sylvia on Sunday.
“I would not have the quality of life I have if I had not come to Woodhaven Manor,” explains Sylvia.
Gary said, “This is a good situation. Inside of two months of her move to Woodhaven Manor her health improved. The stress of not having to take care of her house was eliminated plus my two teenage daughters and I see her regularly. She comes out to the girls’ tennis matches and softball games. Before she moved to Woodhaven, she was 200 miles away. Now she is two minutes away.”