When I went to visit dad today I found his aide was in his room shaving him – while he sat in his Lazy Boy! She said she found it was the easiest way to get him to allow her to shave him. I said whatever works is fine with me!
Dad hates to have a shower and shave. He doesn’t like the electric razor as it pulls on his whiskers. I got him good disposable razors instead. This aide, which is my favorite, will do anything to keep dad happy. She said he almost never complains so she is more than willing to go out of her way for him.
Dad just leaned back and closed his eyes after she left. But, he periodically opened an eye to check on the clock. He was hungry and it was almost lunch time.
Dad is pretty happy in his assisted living facility. He doesn’t take part in many activities but he gets his meals and some extra attention and he is fine. I asked them to schedule him for a haircut this week and that should be on Wednesday. Later Wednesday day I have an appointment to take him to his doctor for a follow-up visit. But, now a problem has appeared.
Just on a whim I decided to call the ALF to make sure they had dad’s blood test done for this medical visit. The answer was probably not. The aide couldn’t find any record of a blood draw or even a note indicating that one was to be done. (The nurse had told me it would be done on Friday.) But when I saw dad today he had no memory of it and no bandage or anything to indicate that blood had been drawn. I don’t have the paperwork or I would take him to the lab myself today.
Now I am frustrated again. While on the telephone, I asked the aide to leave a note on the nurse’s door. “Please tell her to call me and let me know if his blood was drawn or not.” I can’t believe they keep messing up like this! No one in management works over the weekend. I can’t talk to the manager or the nurse until Monday. It may still possible to get his blood tested before his Wednesday appointment. Otherwise I will have to change his appointment. I guess I can’t do anything until Monday so I will try not to worry about it.
As dad’s personal representative, it is my responsibility to check on the ALF constantly and make sure that they follow through on his medical care. Last month I was upset that they had run out of his blood pressure medications. Now I am afraid they have forgotten to have his blood test done. If this results in having to delay his medical appointment, then this time I will report the problem to the state. I wonder what happens to residents who don’t have such involved family members?