Ms. Cullman Long Term Care & Rehab Center, Opal Mitchell, Cullman, Age 94

Ms. Cullman Long Term Care & Rehab Center, Opal Mitchell, Cullman, Age 94

Opal Mitchell was a little apprehensive about moving to a nursing home.

It’s natural to feel that way about such a big change in life.

“I have to say it was not the easiest decision to come and live here,” said Opal who moved to Cullman Long Term Care & Rehab Center about four years ago.

The 94 year old choose to move to the nursing home so she wouldn’t have to live alone or feel like her sons were responsible for taking care of her. Opal jumped right in to life at Cullman LTC and because she wanted to make the best of it.

“I can say that living here is better than I imagined, and I’m so glad to be here and be part of such a big family,” Opal said. “I had the opportunity to go and live with my son in Alaska, but I just couldn’t leave all my friends here. This has become my home.”

Opal enjoys crafts and started making jewelry when she moved to her new home. She spends hours making bracelets and gives them to other ladies at Cullman LTC because she wants them to feel beautiful on the inside and out.

“We’re glad Ms. Mitchell is part of our family and makes her home with us,” Cullman Long Term Care & Rehab Center Administrator Hannah Brown said. “She’s a compassionate lady who cares deeply for her fellow residents and tries to help others as much as possible.”

Opal will have the support of her nursing home family 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 fourth in a series of stories about the top 10 finalists for the 2014 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant. On July 18, we’ll post a story about Ms. Cypress Cove Center Tommie Dimps.