While the two women have never met in person, through Skype calls and letters they regularly update each other on events in their lives, in and out of their nursing homes.
“I contacted Ireland and I came across May’s home and it took off from there”.
As part of ‘Nursing Home Week’ staff members from both nursing homes arranged a call between May and Joan and in between talks about upcoming family celebrations, haircuts, lipstick, bingo and their latest activities it’s clear that these two women have warmed to each other. No topic was off the table for them, not even their opinion of the men in their nursing home.
“Ours was very small. I had three brothers and mammy and daddy in the one room and the water was outside the door,” she said.
In contrast, Joan said she grew up in a house with “lots of room” and that she remember …