Sunday, November 4, 2012
A Little Humor Helps
Keeping Elderly Parents In Their Own Homes
I really am not sure how I am going to convey the humor is this post without shocking some of my loyal followers. The other evening I was at a party of a friend who invited her colleagues over, all nurses and social workers who work with elderly residents in a nearby geriatric residence.
Keeping Dad In His Own Apartment
Sitting in the living room in what developed into a women's circle of giddy gals, I began to talk about my dad. I start my story telling the group that dad is doing really well with a home health aide in his own apartment (which is located near me). The original plan ( a year ago) was a placement for dad into a low income assisted living (further away from my home).
With a lot of hard work and persistence, I was able to qualify for a special program in my state, designed to keep older adults with dementia out of nursing homes. This option seems to be working quite nicely.
Winning Dad's Heart
But here is where the fun begins. My 84 year old irritable, cranky, difficult dad has "fallen in love" (in fantasy) with his caretaker, a woman who has managed to win his heart with her dedication and caring attention. (This is not uncommon among elderly men).
Cutting Up Food In Bite Sized Pieces
Each morning she cuts up a prune danish into pieces and smears some cream cheese atop and presents the pastries on a plate with tooth picks in each piece to help my dad pick up the pieces easily (dad's hand shakes so badly he has trouble eating ).
Teasing Home Healthcare Aides
And then one of the nurses blurts out.....I think we have a case of PRUNE DANISH INTERRUPTUS
OMG......we were rolling over in laughter.
C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at email@example.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists