Dec. 3/17

One of the services I am privileged to provide through Better Ways For Seniors is that of companionship.  I have a client I see  3 times per week who lives in a long term care facility, together with his wife who has a room just 2 doors down from his.  When you enter the facility, there is a visitors log you fill in with your name, time of arrival and departure, who you are visiting, and, most interestingly, it asks you to indicate “reason for visit”.  In that last blank what I see is that the person filling in the blanks at the top of the page puts “visit”, and then everyone that follows just puts quotation marks to reflect the same reason.

The other day as I was leaving and putting in my departure time. I happened to notice that the daugher of my client had been in seeing her mother, while I was visiting with her father.  Sadly, neither one of them can really communicate verbally anymore, so it is not always easy to visit with either of them, as the communication can feel very one-way.  I was so touched when I looked at what the daughter had put under “reason for visit”…instead of simply adding her quotation marks she had written in capital letters…”FOR LOVE!”  She is not letting their struggles with speaking stopping her from doing what she can to let them know as often as she can that they still mean the world to her…