“We’re home.”

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A story shared with me by one of my residents’ daughters. Her mother is one of my favorite residents. She does a lot of walking, a lot of interacting with others, and, since moving in, has really seemed to adjust well to our community. She can still speak, but often uses a few short, key phrases to get her point across. 

“You know, I was really nervous about moving my mom to [the dementia care community]. I still feel guilty sometimes. I keep wondering, ‘Was this the right decision, should I have continued to try and keep her at home?’ You know, she always seems so anxious to me. Then, the other day, I was taking my mom out for a drive and some ice cream. When we got back here and pulled up out front, she said, ‘We’re home.’” It just made me feel so good to know that she felt like this place was home to her.

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Rachael Wonderlin has a Master’s in Gerontology and is the author of two published books with Johns Hopkins University Press. She owns Dementia By Day, a dementia care consulting company.

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