I was playing around on picmonkey the other night with some flower shots and special effects. Would you like to see? I had planned to link up with a special party on the weekend, but other things got in the way and I had no time to join, so I'll just show you the photos.
The "other" things being my dad's imminent move to a new residence ... yes, we were able to snag that available room, and he moves on Thursday!
I have a couple of concerns. He's not quite as advanced into his dementia as the other residents, and I hope this doesn't upset him that he's being placed in this secure (locked) floor. It's tricky timing for this disease. He's too far gone to receive proper care in his current retirement home. But he's not so far gone to be locked in just yet. But the new place has determined he needs the care provided on this secure floor, so that is where he'll be living.
Well, we shall see how he feels about that on Thursday I guess. Obviously, we won't be dwelling on it. He can't walk far, and the third floor has everything he needs (dining room, lounge and even an outdoor porch with comfy cushions on wicker chairs).
My other fear is that his furniture will not all fit in this new, smaller room! I know it won't all fit, but can't be sure what can stay until the day of the move. Could be a bit of shuffling around and a trip (or two) to the goodwill store before the day is out.
We had to pack up his small items (everything but furniture) on Saturday and bring it all home. If we left the packed boxes in his room, you can be sure he would have gone through every box and most likely put a lot of it back in his dressers and bookcases. I took this opportunity to go through everything and toss a lot of garbage. It's heartbreaking the number of little notes he scribbles down and tucks into books and photo albums. Lists of "Those Who Loved Me and Whom I Have Loved" (I was relieved to see my name and my siblings and grandkids all on that list!). Also dates of importance to him. "Arrived in Canada 1952", but then the kicker of "Kids moved me in here and took the keys to my home Feb 2011". ouch
I couldn't keep the notes as they just hurt too much to want to read more than once. But it does show where his mind is at. I think I'll do up a list somehow with photos and dates of importance for him to hang on his wall. We already have a framed family tree with photos for him to refer to, and it helps a lot when we come to visit and he questions who we are and who are our children.
So another move for him. I hope this is where he can remain till the end of his days. The place has a really good feel to it, and every staff member I met was so helpful and upbeat, with a good sense of humor about the whole situation. My dad still has his sense of humor and showed it well during a recent assessment by a crusty social worker (who thankfully was not affiliated with the new place or I would have had my doubts about moving him!). But most encouraging is that he's looking forward to a change, and even remembered he's moving on Thursday ... fingers crossed!
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