Nursing Home Portraits - Travis Modisette Photography

I have been wanting to start this project for a long time and I have finally taken the first step. I'm fortunate to work in a skilled nursing facility and have the opportunity to meet and get to know many people. Most of them have not had their picture taken for many years. With their permission to take and share their portrait, I hope you can get to know some of the amazing people that inspire me everyday. I will post a short Q&A with them.


Why are you here?

I had to be. I slipped to the floor but didn't hurt anything


What is your best advice?

Be open, have humor, try try again, don't let anything stop you. Be sincere about your work


What did you retire from?

I taught  at the University of Nebraska in art department. I taught in Tehran for 9 years


What did you Mom teach you?

Perseverance, not to give up, keep a level head, laugh no matter what, even though it hurts inside


What did your Dad teach you?

Same things, he didn't have much of a sense of humor


What would you never do again?

I would never go back to Nebraska


Tell me about your painting.

I needed a model for painting and someone said "I know a really great model." She was from Oslo, Norway and tried out for the San Francisco ballet. Doing so, she did a grande jette and injured herself

Jeanne


Elli

Why are you here?

I broke the bone in my hip


What is your best advice?

Go to school as long as you can


What did you Mom teach you?

She taught me not to sass, but I still do


What did you Dad teach you?

He wanted me to keep going to school


What is your best memory?

Being on the farm


What would you never do again?

Never marry an idiot again





          Ilona was born in Hungary in January 1928. With her husband, she escaped Hungary during the Revolution of 1956. Initially settling in Connecticut but relocating to the Monterey Peninsula after hearing they don't have to plow snow in February. 

          Ilona's husband was primarily a handyman and in the 1970's, they opened a Hungarian restaurant on Cannery Row. Ilona enjoys people watching and especially seeing her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is a very kind and sweet soul. Unfortunately, since her stroke she has had trouble communicating. She also has reverted back to speaking mostly Hungarian and Slovenian.


Thank you to Ilona's daughter for providing the bio.


Ilona






Why are you here?

I had a TIA (transient ischemic attack) for a second time and bad arthritis in my knee's. I've had 3 hip replacements but I'm walking


What are you most proud of?

I have 3 children, 2 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren


What is your best advice?

Work hard, enjoy every minute of it. Love your family. Thank you so much to my daughter and son in law, and the boys too


What did you mom teach you?

Be true to the Catholic faith and always keep in touch


What is your greatest accomplishment?

Raising my children

Teresa



Why are you here?

I'm here to rehab a broken leg and shoulder


What is your best advice?

Be true to yourself and you will be alright


What did your Mom teach you?

Manners and to read, I was an only child


What will you never do again?

Fly a plane too low and at night into the country


What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I was a really good pool player. It got me through college


What have you overcome?

I have overcome a lot. I am a happy guy and nobody has been able to take that away from me

Lance



Why are you here?

I got weak and here I am. They found a bacterial infection in my body


What is your best memory?

Having my children around to keep my company when I was younger. They kept me busy


What did you retire from?

Housekeeper till I was 55


What would you never do again?

Probably not marry my second husband. He turned out to be an alcoholic. For 9 years I took care of him while he was sick.


What is your best advice?

Take it day by day. Their may not be a tomorrow so why worry.


What did your Mom teach you?

She had to work and was gone a lot so I learned self reliance and independence. I didn't have anyone else so it was good I could entertain myself.

Betty




Why are you here?

For my health


What is your biggest accomplishment?

Raising a family


What the best advice you have been given?

Follow your doctors orders as close as possible


What did your mom teach you?

Manners


What job did you retire from?

The car business


What have you overcome?

Fear of dying.

How?

You have to change your perspective on life

James

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Why are you here?

I'm here to recover from a severely broken ankle


What makes you laugh?

People, the different aspects and view people have on life


What would others be surprised to learn about you?

I used to play the violin at the Monterey Youth Symphony. I played from 4th grade to 9th grade until I discovered girls


What jobs have you done?

I was a newspaper reporter for 16 years. I worked at McGraw Hill editing books, text and tests. Currently I work with youth with autism as a tutor


What is your biggest accomplishment?

I raised my brothers children


What have you overcome?

A massive stroke, cancer, relatives


What is the best advice you have been given?

Follow the money


Jed





Why are you here?

I"m here to get better movement


Where are you from?

I'm from Northern Norway


What the best advice you have been given?

Go out and enjoy nature


If you could be any animal, what would you be?

A cat, because they are beautiful


When did you come to the United States?

When I was 19 to study literature


What did you retire from?

Teaching people how to teach languages

Sol





Why are you here?

This is the best place to go. I have been to Colorado and Missouri. I will be here for the rest of my life. I'm not able to take care of myself and I get better therapy here.


What career did you retire from?

Hospitality. I was a manager and sales director at a ski resort in Colorado, and a kick ass bartender.


What have you overcome?

I know I am a miracle. I went into a coma. The gave me my last rights. I thought I would be a vegetable. I came out of a coma, my eyes opened. I'm happy to be alive.


What is your biggest accomplishment?

Hotel administrator


What is the best advice you have been given?

Never give up

Cynthia






Why are you here?

I had a bad fall


What career did you retire from?

Church musician


What is your best talent?

Singing I suppose


What is the best advice you have been given?

Take it slow


What is your biggest accomplishment?

Staying married 52 years

John