Woman Discovers Nursing Home Living Better Than Imagined

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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For more information about the pageant, click here.

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.


  1. Michelle Lynn July 17, 2014 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    I love Opal story, and this is so true! She is very much involved with other residents and pretty on the inside and out. Opal and her husband owned a cafeteria in Cullman Al, where Food World use to b they owed it for about 15 years !! Very sweet lady I’m so proud and glad Opal made the top ten
    Michelle Lynn

  2. Michelle Lynn July 17, 2014 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    I showed Opal Mitchell her photo and her story, she smiled and stated after shopping today for a dress & etc. Then seeing myself I feel like a queen

    • John Matson July 17, 2014 at 4:01 pm - Reply

      Michelle – Thanks for sharing those comments. Opal seems like a wonderful lady. You all should be proud! Can’t wait for everyone to meet her at the pageant! John for ANHA

      • Arlene July 18, 2014 at 1:51 pm - Reply

        Mrs. Mitchell is a very sweet special lady, we love her here and look forward to the pageant and letting her shine even more than she already does.

  3. Anita Morgan July 18, 2014 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Mrs. Opal Mitchell is a wonderful lady. She was my contestant for the Mrs.CLTC pageant and she was such a pleasure to help. I enjoy talking with her about her life she led such a wonderful life with her husband and kids. I can remember when I was younger going to the restaurant that she and husband use to own. She was the nicest lady back then and she still is. Good Luck to you Mrs. Mitchell!!!!

  4. Pam Cook July 18, 2014 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Mrs. Mitchell! Mrs. Opal is such a caring and deserving person. She is truly a blessing at our facility to staff and other residents as well. Mrs. Opal was so beautiful and poised the day of our pageant. Good luck at the next level. We love you!

  5. Sandy Lynn July 18, 2014 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Congratulations to Mrs. Mitchell for winning the title ” Ms Cullman Long Term Care and Rehab Center.” Now go get that state title, you deserve it! Michelle Lynn, your the best at spoiling residents. You have touched so many lives. Good luck to you also! Sandy Lynn-Westminster Assisted Living Cullman, Al

  6. Peggy July 19, 2014 at 1:17 am - Reply

    I love Ms. Mitchell dearly. She is one of my all time favorite residents. She never fails to tell me that she loves me whenever I see her. Ms. Mitchell is a beautiful lady and very classy, not to mention a very sweet person. I wish her the very best, and I feel that she will represent Cullman Long Term Care well!

  7. Delane July 19, 2014 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Ms. Mitchell is a sweetheart. We are blessed to have her live with us here at CLTC. A beautiful lady in every way. We are all pulling for you in the coming pageant.

  8. Katelin July 21, 2014 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    Congrats Ms. Mitchell!!! Ms. Mitchell is one of the sweetest women I have ever met. Not only that but she is particularly an impressive quilter/needlpointer/jewelry-maker! She is definitely a multifaceted woman of many talents and every one at Cullman Long Term Care and Rehab are so extremely proud of her!

  9. Debra Holcombe July 21, 2014 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    So happy to see Opal participating in this event. She is such a sweet and beautiful lady inside and out. I wish her well.

  10. Renea Mitchell July 22, 2014 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Opal has been an inspiration to so many people, a women who married before WWII, had a beautiful baby girl, then quickly had to raise her baby and take care of the home for the next 4 years while her doting husband was serving his country during the war. Her strength was incredible! She went on to raise 2 more children (boys), worked beside her husband in his restaurant business, along with her many clubs that supported the community and kept her beautiful home. Her greatest joy has always been growing a garden to feed her growing family. You never left their home hungry or without something to eat for later. She is a godly woman who always wanted the best for others! An inspiration for anyone!

  11. Diane Meyer July 22, 2014 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Wow! Beautiful lady. Looking forward to seeing this lady get the recognition she deserves. You go Opal!!!

  12. Bonnie Walker July 22, 2014 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Miss Opal is the sweetest, most beautiful spirit! I wish that I could vote! She should win this pageant. She is stunning inside and out!

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