I’ve been speaking with a
family for about four months now about the possibility of adding non-medical
services which would allow Mom and Dad to stay in their much beloved home.
Everyone agrees that this is a necessary step however, no one is willing to
make that final decision.
In the meantime, tensions
are rising. Mom and Dad are blue, stating “we’re waiting for this final passage
in our lives.” This could and should be a time to enjoy a round of golf, or two
and more with some planning.
It saddens me to see
seniors facing each new day with such a bleak point of view.
Your bags are packed and the entire family is eager to visit Grandma. She is really a remarkable lady. At 85 she still is living in her own home alone. She likes it this way and has made it very clear that she never wants to move.
The visit reveals that Grandma sounds much better on the phone. The reality is quite different. You see, it's easy for her to put on a good front during your ten minute telephone conversation. But, it can all unravel during a three day visit.
Now what do you do?
Yesterday I was out with friends at Joe's Deli in Rocky River. Their food is terrific and they are very senior-friendly. (That always gets an extra star in my book.)
As we were leaving the restaurant, we noticed an older couple. The 80+ year old husband was struggling to get his frail wife transferred from her portable wheelchair back into his car. God has a way putting us right where we need to be, as my friend, who is also certified in home health care and I went over to offer him assistance.
He was very grateful stating, "Thank you so very much.