May 1, 2015

A Helping Hand: Dot Basnight

Dot-BEarlier this week, we got the chance to meet Dot¬†Basnight at Carolina Meadows. Dot’s family has a long legacy in Chapel Hill, including operating a dairy farm and hardware store for decades. Dot now relies on A Helping Hand to help her with a variety of tasks, including shopping, organization, and fun activities. Click here to learn more about becoming a volunteer.

Over the past couple of years, Dot’s helper, Natalie Taylor, has formed a friendship with Dot. “We do have fun together,” Dot said. “I tell everybody I can think of.”

Over the years, Dot raised five children, most of whom still live in North Carolina. She is in touch with her children and grandchildren frequently, who arranged her visits from A Helping Hand. Dot was one of Natalie’s first clients, and she immediately noticed Dot’s sense of humor. “She never passes up an opportunity to try and make someone laugh,” she said.

Natalie also said she’s gained wisdom from working with Dot, particularly when it comes to having a positive outlook on life and living in the moment. Natalie mentioned Dot will often stop to take a look at a beautiful flower and has also noticed her perseverance. Working with A Helping Hand has also given Natalie a different perspective on aging. She explained that Dot is an example of aging gracefully and taking it with stride.

As a young adult, Dot studied at the North Carolina College for Women, now UNC-Greensboro. She also competed in several beauty pageants and helped her family on the farm. Her family farm has raised UNC’s Rameses the ram since the 1920s; a tradition that continues today.

To learn more about A Helping Hand, including volunteer opportunities, click here.

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