Nursing Home

By Nick Gilmore

Published: 20 Mar, 2024

Wednesday

Got to The Home late today. Always the same when I’ve tried to get anything done during the day. There’s always such a backlog of work to be done that by the time you’ve sat down to eat you’re already late.

As I was signing in at The Home the shift briefing for the night shift was wrapping up and some of the residents were taking themselves off to bed.

Eleanor gave me a lovely welcome as she came down the hall. She doesn’t fail to recognise me if she’s in the rear lounge but it’s only been very recently that she’s been able to recognise me when we meet elsewhere in The Home.

Mum was absolutely sound asleep when I got to her. Totally unresponsive. She didn’t look like she’d moved at all since her last pad change and that would’ve been at least five hours earlier.

So yesterday would’ve been the Peak Active point in Mum’s cycle and today was Day One of her Sleepy phase. My eldest sister is planning to visit on Sunday and in an effort to give her some idea of what to expect I’ll do a quick projection. Tomorrow should be the final day of Mum’s Sleepy phase, Friday will be the Calm and Lucid day and Saturday could be Peak Active Mum. So Sunday could go either way. Could be the tail end of Active Mum or Day One of Sleepy Mum.

Or not. It’s not an exact science.

 

Author’s Note

My Mum is in a nursing home in a small village in the Thames Valley. The photo is not of the home. I used an AI image generator to give the reader some idea of the home she’s in. All, some or maybe even none (you’ll never know!) of the names have been changed to protect privacy and hide real identities. If you think you recognise someone then let me know and I’ll edit the post or remove it entirely

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