Tag: long term care

The Shirt Struggle

Cassandra was sitting in the dining room in her wheelchair, getting angry at one of our caregivers. “Cassandra, please give me your shirt so we can

A Gift For A Friend

Jeff and Bill had become really good friends. Bill had lived at our community for quite a while, and Jeff was a new resident. Although

Memory Care

“Rachael. Memory Care Coordinator,” Beatrice read out loud off my name tag as I leaned down to tie her shoes.  I paused, surprised to hear

A Place Like This (Home)

“I don’t want to end up in a place like this,” she told a coworker. “It’s awful and depressing to have dementia.” I tried not to

Don’t Cry in Front of the Baby

Sandra was known for sundowning. Most days, Sandra would start crying around 3 PM.  “Sundowning” is a common phenomenon for people with dementia. Essentially, it

Found: Dog

Adding the stuffed animals from Memorable Pets to our community was an immediate upgrade. The cats and dogs were a welcome sight to many of our

The Show Must Go On

Tabitha came into our meeting, her hair hanging in her face. “Does anybody have a hair clip in here!” she called out.  I’ve written about

Broadway

“And a one, two, a one, two, three, four,” Tabitha counted out. Her feet tapped rhythmically across the floor as she counted out her dance

Reality, TV

Dorothy sat in front of the television with a few other residents. The entire group was slouched in their respective wheelchairs, sleeping, oblivious to the

The Home Country

I had gone to another dementia care community to visit one of my ex-residents. She remembered me immediately, her eyes filling with tears as I

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