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A new room

Just got a call from the social worker at the Alz center. A bed opened up in the wing that houses the large program area so Mom gets to move to that side of the building. She spends virtually of her time there or on the lobby couch, the social worker said. Mom definitely has a solid reputation for loving the lobby couch. This means she will switch dining areas, as well, which will be nice, because it’s just a cheerier setting in the program area, which converts to a dining room for meals. That is really the only thing I haven’t been crazy about in the Alz center – the dining room on the skilled side of the building is a little bit depressing and really institutional.

“Do I need to come and take care of her stuff?” I asked. No, the social worker said – the staff will handle moving everything. Stunning and good news. I never did hang up any pictures in her current room. Now I will be motivated to finish the decorating – with an old print and a few collages of photos.

Tomorrow we are scheduled to have a care conference about Mom around lunchtime. I’ll plan to get there early and see her new room. And then I plan to finally attend the family support group meeting tomorrow night, as well. These are the only weekly Alzheimer caregiver support groups that I have ever found in central Ohio. I have attended just twice before and then didn’t go back for a variety of reasons. It’s open to families of residents of the center plus anyone else who is a caregiver, but I always felt the leader of the meeting placed emphasis on the residents’ families – with good reason, since he knows them personally. Now I will fit in. All other support groups in the area are monthly, and I just never felt that that was frequent enough, so I never even gave one a try.

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