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I am really glad it’s Friday. It’s been a long week! If you have been following along on our facebook page this week, you know that my grandfather is trying out Adult Day Care at Salmon Day Health which is in the next town over from us. We are not calling it adult day care though. I told him it’s a glorified Senior Center that happens to have nurses on staff in case he has trouble with his diabetes. He wasn’t too keen on the idea a month ago, in fact, he refused to try it. So I let a couple weeks go by and one day when he was bored, miserable and disgusted with life so I took that opportunity to tell him that “I” toured the Senior Center (which I did) and I thought he would really like it if he just gave it a chance.
(Here he is yesterday waiting for me to pick him up from camp)
He quickly said, “well why didn’t you take me on the tour?”
I laughed and said, “well you didn’t want to go!”
He just rolled his eyes and with his stern tough guy attitude said, “make me an appointment for a tour.”
So a couple days later, we toured the adult day care facility and he really liked it. He was actually happy to see that he was kind of a spring chicken compared to others and he really liked the staff. He loved the idea of having a hot breakfast and lunch with people his own age and that he could talk to you. Did you see our post about grocery shopping with my grandfather? That is another place he loves to go because everyone talks to him. He has the gift to GAB!
For those of you caring for your elderly parents, grandparents or a friend, I would encourage you to look at your local nursing homes for Adult Day Health Centers. I had no idea these even existed. I am also shocked at how many resources there are too that help fund these programs. I will definitely do a post soon on how I found this place and which places in Massachusetts have elderly financial support and how to get assistance paying for this stuff. If you do a little digging and spend some time online, you will be amazed at what you find.
I plan on doing a post soon about the camp and him with his new friends. Until then, keep your fingers crossed his continues to enjoy it! His dementia is getting worse and I am hoping that this will give him something to look forward too. Unfortunately, little things set him off so hopefully he doesn’t end up in a TIFF with another member at camp. -ha. It’s like having an adult child and encouraging him to play nicely with others in the sandbox. Before I go, I wanted to thank all of you who left comments and sent emails with craft ideas for my grandfather. If you didn’t see the post about craft ideas for my grandfather earlier this week, check it out and send over your ideas! Have a wonderful weekend! PS. Here is a free week coupon if you know of someone who might like to join my gramp at camp!
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