Forget the Dress (and the Shoes), Say Yes to the Bed

10 May

I’ve been off-line for a while. Not because I haven’t had much to say, but because I’ve been overwhelmed. I had planned to spend this rainy day catching up on my writing and getting some posts ready for next week.  But my plans have changed and this is why:

It finally happened. The long-awaited phone call from CCAC. A room has become available for my mother in one of the three long term care facilities she has been wait-listed for since August, 2011. Now she has until Monday to decide. Or perhaps I should say my siblings and I will have until Monday to persuade her. Apparently the CCAC still deems my mother capable of making decisions, even if her children and her doctors do not.

The so-called Golden Years have not been kind to Gertie.

The so-called Golden Years have not been kind to Gertie.

My brother and I will be taking our mother to see the home this afternoon. We expect the drive to be tense. If mom says “yes” she will need to be moved in within five days. If she says “no”, her name will be removed from all three waiting lists and her file with the CCAC will be closed (yes, that’s how it works for all long-term care applicants here in Ontario).  As far as nursing homes go, this one is really nice. It’s in Richmond Hill and not too far from where she lives now. It’s also fairly close to my brother’s home. It has 160 beds and is in a relatively new building.  Additionally, the overall resident population is Jewish, a significant issue for my mother.  She thinks it’s “too far” and she can be difficult, very difficult. So the next few days/weeks are going to be very interesting.

Gertie really needs to say YES. Can you feel my stress? Stay tuned, because I’m back.

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One Response to “Forget the Dress (and the Shoes), Say Yes to the Bed”

  1. karamcaulay May 10, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

    I wish you the best of luck!

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