I was driving home tonight with my wife and daughter. As we were getting near the house, my daughter noticed a sign that there was a new building in development. What kind of building, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you anyway. The new building will be a senior care facility. We all agree that such a facility will be a great asset to the community for those that need such a service in our neck of the woods. Folks in our area can have a facility for their loved ones and not have to travel too far to visit.
Of course, because I was a bit tired (and because I was awake and breathing) my mind began to wander in a bit of a warped way. I realized what was going to be near the new senior care facility – a high school. I couldn’t help but to come to one conclusion. Placing a senior care facility so close to a high school is BRILLIANT! Those planners REALLY did their homework (see what I did there?).
What makes this so brilliant, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you anyway. Every afternoon, residents in the new facility can be set up in lawn chairs near the road. At the high school, senior students can take part in a new work program. For a part time wage, these senior students can be responsible for walking across the property line of the senior care facility on the way home. The residents of the facility can now have some quality recreation telling these seniors to: “GET OUTTA MY YARD!” The residents can even rotate special duties. One week, a resident can hold a garden rake and shake it at the kids in anger. The next week that same resident can spray the oncoming senior students with a water hose. The week after that, the resident came be given a mobile phone to “call the law on you good-for-nothing hooligans”. Of course that mobile phone will route all calls to a central desk that has not true connection to the local police, remember this is recreation. If you think about it, it’s a form of LARPing (Live Action Role Play).
Let’s remember now that this relationship is not one sided. These kids are getting a wage and school credit. You can even offer an opportunity for extra credit work (to raise a failing grade). One kid can carry an empty soda bottle and drop it on the property as he walks by. Another kid can wear saggy pants with his underwear showing while his portable radio plays the latest song from Katy Sue Gaggy-Goo-Goo at OBSCENE volumes.
At the end of it all, the residents have some quality recreation. The senior students earn an honest wage. Imagine the new bonding opportunities when the senior students visit their grandparents and tell them about their after school programs. It’s community support on so many levels. BRILLIANT, I TELL YA! JUST BRILLIANT!