Resident Profile


The Art of Being Happy with Evelyn Hames

Evelyn Hames loves arts and crafts. In fact, one of her favorite past times is making decorative key chains and necklaces that she happily gives away to friends and family. Creating beautiful things makes Evelyn happy, just as her thoughtfulness and friendship bring joy to the people she meets. A member of our community since March, Evelyn moved in with us following a stay in the hospital—a choice she made after having stayed in other Dayton-area skilled nursing homes in years past for various reasons.

Based on her firsthand experience, Evelyn says that the Widows Home is a “really nice place” and “by far the best in Dayton.” She loves the people here—staff and fellow residents alike—and she’s especially fond of our food, which she calls “great.” Because she spends much of her time in her wheelchair, Evelyn appreciates how attentive the staff is to making sure she’s always comfortable all day long.

Evelyn is a big fan of our regular entertainment programs (tap dancers, singers, and church groups are her favorites) and she participates in most of our social activities. Of course, arts and crafts time is a big deal for her, but she has a good time getting involved with many of our resident engagement activities including the special on-site “fishing contest” we held over the summer. When she’s not busy spending time with her friends or making key chains and necklaces, Evelyn likes to listen to audio books (she was an avid reader before her eyesight started to decline).

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