While memories elude George Forsyth, his servant’s heart prevails. George selflessly serves others – it’s a trait instilled from youth.
Born and raised in Newtown, George comes from a well-known family of volunteer firefighters, starting with his father.
It’s a legacy that continued through himself, his children, and grandchildren.
He is also a Korean War veteran and the oldest living lifetime member of the Newtown Fire Association, Station 45.
Now at 91, George no longer rushes into burning buildings.
He still finds a way to be of service to his friends and staff members at The Birches at Newtown, where he is a resident.
“They call me the helper,” George said with a smile. “If there’s someone in need, I’ll be there.”
The staff can attest. In Daybreak, The Birches’ memory care community, George is always eager to lend a helping hand.
Knowing this, George is often called upon to water the garden. A simple activity, yet one that is making a profound impact.
A master at maneuvering the hose, he keeps control of the line by using a steady up-and-down technique while aiming with precision to quench the soil – just like putting out a fire!
The support of The Birches’ staff allows George to tap into his firefighter skill sets, helping him to connect with others in the present.
By following Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care model, The Birches’ care team focuses on what residents can do now, what makes them happy, and what instills fulfillment.
“He has a heart of gold that still shines through,” said Julianne Hart, marketing director at The Birches at Newtown.
The compassionate care team at The Birches uses innovative ways to engage their memory care residents.
To learn more, call 215-240-4829 or visit www.thebirchesatnewtown.com.
PHOTO CAP: George Forsyth experiences purposeful, joyful moments at The Birches at Newtown. Using his firefighter skill sets, George happily waters the community’s garden. This simple activity has the ability to help connect him with others in the present.