Frequently when I visit dad at his Assisted Living Facility, he is wearing his shoes but his socks are in the basket of his walker instead of on his feet. One day last week he had 4 pair of socks in his walker basket and none on his feet! I usually ask dad if he wants to put his socks on and he says no and then I put them into the laundry basket.
Yesterday when I arrived at the assisted living facility dad was sitting in the lounge. Again he had his socks in the walker basket instead of on his feet. This time I asked him: “Dad, why did you take your socks off?”
He replied: “The ladies rub my feet.” Oh, all of a sudden it hit me. “Are they putting the cream on your feet?” I asked? Yes, that was it! The fact is that dad had an itchy rash on his feet, months ago, and the doctor had prescribed a cream for it. After awhile it came back and I pointed it out to the nurse again.
Now I guess the protocol is just to put the cream (like a moisturizer, not really medicated) on his feet every day. I suspect the aides find dad wherever he is, such as in the lounge, when they are ready to apply the cream. After they apply the cream, dad must refuse to put his socks back on, so they put them in the basket of his walker.
Mystery solved! Now how do I get him to wear socks the rest of the day? Or does it matter anyway? It isn’t cold in his room or in the lobby. I suspect I will just leave things as they are. Sometimes when I think that dad has developed a strange habit, it turns out there is a logical reason for it.
I suppose I should have asked him sooner, instead of wondering for months why dad wasn’t wearing socks!