rns out I lived right down the street from one, and didn’t even know it. So I looked into it, and before I knew it, I was taking my mother there a few hours a day.
“At first, I just kind of eased her into it to see if she would like it. After a while, she couldn’t wait to go.”
The center helped Scott – and her mother – restore their lives.
“My mom made new friends at the center, and it gave her a social outlet,” Scott said. “And it let me have the freedom to be a mom and wife again. I was trying to be a mother, wife and daughter all at the same time, and finding I had no time for any of them. The center gave me a break.
“Now I was only answering the same question from my mother 15 times instead of 100 times. It allowed me to have quality time again with her when she came home at night.”
Zelda died in 1997. By the end of that year Scott was working part-time at the Daily Living Center in Oklahoma City, realizing she had found her calling.
“In this line of work, a person won’t get rich,” Scott said. “But the way my heart feels at the end of the day means more to me than an extra dollar an hour. I found that at the end of the day I helped make a person’s life better.”