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The Care Of The Elderly [Jul. 13th, 2014|10:36 am]
Tony Grist
The boss of the care agency is a person who doesn't know how to have a thought without verbalising it. She grates on me.

They didn't send a carer yesterday morning- and if she doesn't have a carer my mother doesn't get a proper wash. (And no, I am not prepared to provide that kind of intimate care myself.) The omission was explained to us thuswise- that they've taken on another client called Shirley and they weren't used to sending carers out to two Shirleys so they didn't.

My mother usually wakes shortly after seven. We know she's stirring because she puts her radio on and makes herself a cup of tea. This morning she did neither of these things so I was thinking I was going to find her dead.

This bunch of carers have been coming now for six months or something like.  Jo and Kirstie are regulars. As soon as the carer is out the door my mother asks, "And who was that?" Every time. Never fails....

[User Picture]From: wyrmwwd
2014-07-13 03:28 pm (UTC)
We used to take care of that elderly man that we called "Uncle" (you probably remember... I wrote about it all of the time). We lived on one side of his duplex and him on the other. We lived in the apartment where his brother had died 5 years prior. About once a week, he would ask one of us "do you live nearby?" or, "Have you seen my brother? He lives next door."
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-07-13 04:55 pm (UTC)
Yes, I remember Uncle.

It's heart-breaking isn't it? If you didn't see the funny side you'd crack up or get angry or something like that.

My mother spends her time reading a newspaper she doesn't understand and/or watching TV programmes she doesn't understand. Apart from meals that's it- the full compass of her life.
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From: (Anonymous)
2014-07-13 05:32 pm (UTC)
This is quite shocking. What if you weren't there? Do they just forget to go to people? It is quite concerning.
Hope you are both well.
Jenny x
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-07-13 09:09 pm (UTC)
But fortunately we are here.

We've always known that Jasmine's organization is a bit ramshackle...

Yes, we're fine. Did you have a good holiday?
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From: athenais
2014-07-13 07:04 pm (UTC)
I am so grateful I didn't have to go through this. It would break my heart over and over.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-07-13 09:11 pm (UTC)
You just have to stay calm and carry on- like it says on the wartime poster. :)
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