Dad is being a model resident at present, which is a good thing, he seems to have settled after his little blip following Christmas and New Year.
He isn’t jumping up and down and being the life and soul, that would never happen as that isn’t in my dads nature, but neither is he being aggressive or grumpy, he’s just being I think the word is ‘content’ or maybe it’s just more evidence that he can no longer remember or can communicate what to be aggressive or grumpy about. Yes probably. I also no longer think he remembers or misses anything from his former life, which helps.
It’s still sad, but I think I’d rather him be like that, than like some of the other residents at present who are constantly asking to leave.
Dennis was being particularly aggressive and demanding today and Kath was her usual moaning self asking anyone and everyone to take her home or to the church or the shop. Funnily enough though on Monday when I visited dad, Kath was also in a good mood and she said she was feeling more positive, it obviously didn’t last long.
I’m not sure if there is a bit of a change in staff at the moment, especially with the nurses, I haven’t seen Steve now for over a week (maybe he’s on holiday or sick) but there have been other nurses on the unit, but they haven’t been that friendly. Emeily is still around though and I asked her on Monday how dad was doing and she said he was doing great, everyone loves him, because he mostly sits and sleeps or walks around picking bits up off the floor, he’s also always polite, he just smiles and says your welcome to everything.
Dad seemed tired today, we went and sat in the lounge area as it was quiet in there, but also a bit devoid of chairs. I asked where they had all gone, it seems someone keeps coming in and taking them? Dad fell asleep almost as soon as he sat down, but the lounge didn’t stay quiet for very long as the kneeling guy came in and started going around the room shouting and kneeling. Then Dennis came in and took offence to Alan who was sat in a wheelchair looking out of the window, he started shouting at him and tried to grab him, so Alan started shouting and threatening to hit Dennis. Dennis then hit the nurse who tried to move him away. Jim (a carer) then tried to help, but he got kicked. They got Dennis to sit down and gave him some biscuits, but they got thrown and he started trying to kick out again, so they took him off to give him some medication to calm him down.
It doesn’t stay quiet for long but for most of the time, dad stayed fast asleep, only waking because he thought he had dropped something. I stayed a hour but there was no point staying any longer.