As the prospective resident and I sat in the dining room together and enjoyed dessert, she told me about her son and a special dessert he enjoyed as a child . . .
I can still clearly see the apartment bedroom where I awoke that morning in an absolute panic. It was and remains the most terrifying nightmare I've ever experienced . . .
What would they (and particularly her son) like? She thought that the nicest thing she could possibly do would be to bake a pie for them.
Later that day, I had the opportunity to visit the apartment to complete their move-in paperwork and had to ask. "One of the residents told me something interesting today," I cautiously noted. "What's that?" the resident asked. "They said they saw you moving a cannon in."
When she was younger, she explained, she had been struck by lightning . . .
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) often have a challenge with potential residents who would like their adult child with disabilities to move in with them so that they can provide for their care while the CCRC provides for housekeeping, meals, etc. It's not that the communities are heartless to their pleas. It's the economics and … Continue reading Matthew and the CCRC.
Just to get the mail every day, she would have to get up, get dressed, leave her apartment, get on the elevator and walk down the hallway some distance . . .
That day, that hour, that moment, our cottage resident was spot on, attuned to every detail, every fact, every nuance of the mission . . .
She had tried everything she could think of, but it made no difference. Extra activities. Added staff. Security cameras . . .
Mrs. Sanchez had been living at our community for some time. In fact, she had been just living for some time . . .