Monthly Archives: February 2013

Talking to Dad

I called dad many times this week before I finally reached him. The first 4 days I kept calling his room phone without a response. Then I tried to call the aides. The first time they told me he was … Continue reading

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Dad and his Lady Friend

I received an email from one of dad’s companions. When she visited him, he was in the lounge sitting with Mary, his Lady Friend and they were holding hands. He seemed happy and introduced his companion to Mary. Since the … Continue reading

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Why Doesn’t Dad Wear His Shoes?

Yesterday I received an email from one of dad’s companions. She had been to visit dad last week and helped him get ready for a luncheon outing with his Assisted Living Facility (ALF). He was wearing his slippers. His companion … Continue reading

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Dad Teaches His Companion to Play Craps

Last week dad’s card-playing companion brought some cards and a Yahtzee game with her when she went for her visit with dad. Dad said he wasn’t interested in playing cards or Yahtzee. The companion tried something creative. She took out the … Continue reading

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Dad’s Week

I have been having trouble reaching dad by phone the past few days. I know he is there and he is fine, but he spends so much time in the lounge that he isn’t in his room to answer his … Continue reading

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Dad’s Outing with His Companion

Dad is doing well this week. One of his companions sent me a nice note yesterday. She had asked the ALF nurse how dad’s cold was. The nurse said he was fine and had been checked by the doctor on … Continue reading

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Vacation for the Caregiver

When I called dad this week he did not answer the telephone. I called the front desk to make sure everything was OK after the snowstorm. I was told that they had “a lot of snow” but everything was fine … Continue reading

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Companions as a Support System for the Caregiver

Last time I wrote about how dad’s companions were able to learn things about him that I never knew. The nurse emailed me after her last visit that she thought dad was stuffed up and might be coming down with … Continue reading

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Learning More about Dad

As I mentioned in an earlier post, while I am away on vacation, paid companions are visiting dad on a regular basis. These are the same companions that visited dad last year and they are getting to know each other … Continue reading

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