When I arrived to visit my dad today, he was in one of the big living rooms looking for his keys. He said he was dizzy and sat down and went right to sleep. I was informed that he had been up most of the night rearranging the pictures on the walls. When he was somewhat awake, he just wanted to get in the car and go home. It was a little disheartening as yesterday’s visit went so well and the executive director was even commenting on how well my dad was transitioning. You just never know what each day will bring. But again, the people at the facility went out of their way to be encouraging. They said it’s normal behavior for someone who is new and that my dad will be OK. They asked more about my dad so they can best care for him. As I was leaving, in the parking lot the activity coordinator and a couple of the caregivers were having lunch in their car. I was surprised that they beckoned me over to chat when they weren’t actually working. We talked more about what kinds of things that may help to keep my dad engaged. They also said not to worry and that there are a lot of people watching over him. They also encouraged me to make sure I am taking a break and caring for myself. While it wasn’t a great day for my dad, I still left feeling hopeful and supported.
I Found God today in encouraging caregivers.