I did finally drag my sorry tired butt from my nice warm bed before 6 am. Coffee, Aussies out and in one at a time, social network catch-up, bed made, and then I made ready myself for when my brother, Al, picked me up at 9:00 am. He is very good at bringing a Tim Horton's Coffee along with him, so I was treated with a large double cream, thank you very much.
We headed on North of the Checkerboard to Lion's Head. We were off to pick our Mother up, as today we were moving her from the Golden Dawn Nursing Home, down to the Gateway Haven Nursing Home in Wiarton.
My Mom had been on the "list" for Gateway Haven for exactly the past 2 years, a first choice of home minutes to my brother and I, with her being 2nd on the list for at least the last 6 months. Should anyone not have had the pleasure of dealing with all the rigmarole, it can be just that sometimes, and other times more. In my opinion, maybe someone should write a "How to" and "What to Expect" book on all the paperwork, dealing with officials, etc ... when preparing for those "Golden Years" your parent might be heading towards.
Regardless of all of the rigmarole, today was the final "home" move for our Mother.
The move went oh so smoothly. Much better then I had anticipated, as my Mother does not care for change too much, but then again really if the boat ain't rocking why rock it, right? What I believe made the transition go so smoothly was the fact that us knowing she was 2nd on the "list" for a bed at Gateway Haven's facilities over 6 months ago, was when we starting making mention about it at every visit with her that this move was forthcoming some time in the future. This slowly put through to her that this indeed was going to be happening, in turn making acceptance of the new change much easier. This is my thought on the matter.
What really "blew me away" was others thinking how awful we were as a family not telling our Mother she was being moved until the "day of". What did I think of others thinking this? why do people assume something they no nothing of in the first place !!!! I was "ticked" anyone would judge me or my family without first even knowing me or my family, and secondly assuming they knew all the facts, or knowing that as my Mother's Caregiver I would never think NOT of putting my Mother's best interests first????
Did they know how many phone calls I made or had with the Alzheimer's Society consulting and discussing how they thought such a move would effect her, or the discussions about same I had with our Doctor, and a Cousin who is a Registered Nurse at a long-term facility, or a few PSW workers who are close friends that also work in Long Term facilities.
Trust me people, who think they know it all with being all assuming ... I did my homework before there was even any thought of this move taking place in many prior months to this day !!! The nerve of people assuming ... people that don't even know me on a "personal" basis, only knowing me as being my Mother's daughter. Shame for shame on people like you !!!
Regardless everywhere we go and everything we do there will always be small minded people as such. Maybe these people should learn not assume about other's lives and starting having a life of their own? this I think would be a very good idea should they learn to do so.
There I feel much better I got that off my chest !
Onto more positive moments. When Al and I got to Mom's room to tell her that a room was available for her at Gateway Haven, she was far from upset and ready to "rock on" with the move. Only a few tears with one of the staff members she left behind ... thanks Tanya as truly you have been a real sweetheart in all respects of true caring towards my Mom and obviously that really shone through her tears.
Other then a few, the staff at the Golden Dawn facilities are all wonderful. Their Care Director has been one lady who I have enjoyed interacting with over the past two years while Mom has been in their care; she is not only understanding, I found her too to always to be open, direct and understanding, never condescending or judgmental ... thank you for this always.
We packed up Mom's stuff, loaded it and ourselves up in the truck and headed on down towards Wiarton to finally arriving at our destination at Gateway Haven. This is also the facility where Mom had attended the Day Away Program put on by the Grey Bruce Home & Community Support Service when she had lived with Rob and I for 5 years. Well what a surprise when we walked through the door to find all her old friends from the Day Away Program having coffee together at the main cafe ! It was like a home coming for her, and they were so happy to see her.
It worked out perfect, as Mom stayed to visit with her old friends while Al and I went up to find her room and set everything up for her. We had no sooner had everything set up when one of the volunteers brought her up. She showed no sign of stress or upset whatsoever. When asked if there was anything she would like, her answer had been, "another pillow for the bed".
The room is so bright and roomy ! the next time I go I will be sure to take my camera, as today there was way too much stuff needing attended to that the last thing on my mind had been my camera this morning.
Another really nice surprise that there are only two sharing a room with a curtain divider for full privacy, but the lady she is sharing the room with is a lady she knew already as she had attended the Day Away Program with her !!! Whoohoo ... doesn't get much better then that !
With Mom all settled in after the Nurse had taken her blood pressure, having also consulted with us on a few of Mom's needs, Al and I took our leave since it was lunch time with Mom then being escorted down to the Dining Room. We were assured someone would come get her and take her back and forth until she got her own bearings, as well as doing same for any activities there might be going on. I am so excited as there are even residents there who play cards, and Mom loves playing cards. I am hoping she will start being busier then just sitting in a chair staring into the air ... I have high hopes on this being a positive move for HER ! and am very confident this was a very good choice with all her best interests in mind at every choice we, as her family, have made for her.
Before we left the Nurse had suggested we give her a few days to settle in before going back up to visit. I will go next week, however I did call at 5 pm to learn she had no signs of stress and seemed extremely content. Hooray ! this made me happy.
It had been "a really big morning", being a bit after the Lunch Hour when my brother had dropped me back off at home. Of course all four of my Aussies, if you can imagine, had their legs crossed and needed out by this time. *Smile*
I called both my sisters to let them know how the mornings events went, then got on with my day. Not too much I got done, as I was pretty tired, but I did manage to take a pail of hot water and wipe down my extremely dusty treadmill in the basement and part of a shelf. Little by little, as Rome wasn't built in a day you know? and never will be in my lifetime.
Before I knew it was time for me to have some Dinner for myself. You know when you reheat Lasagna, or any pasta dish for that matter, they tend to dry out, right? Solution in my books was to ....
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Oh yeah SCAMS seem to be on the rise more then usual the past two days .... check out the two emails I received in the past 24 hours.
Seriously I am thinking about moving over to my Gmail account permanently if Windows Messenger doesn't start "beefing" up their filters or something, as has been getting worse and worse by the minute.
Should you receive something you are not sure about in your email folders, please check with a couple of other people first before acting on anything. The old saying, "better safe then sorry" comes to mind.
I am happy for all who join me here for my opinions and sometimes rambles, as it gives me comfort at times to know I am never alone in my daily journey, "Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard".
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