Tuesday, 1 December 2009

My world Tuesday

MWT WhiteMy World Tuesday, => actually photos from my world as I made my rounds around Muskoka on Monday.

Visitors make a difference. I visited my friend in LTC and saw this woman on her way back to her room after dinner. It is a lovely residence, if you are unable to cook, clean and manage ADLs for yourself. There is laughter and love, despite underfunding in this government-run institution. I visit weekly. I wrote about Michele in my book, and she is so proud. I am going to help her write her obituary this week. She is planning her funeral.

Sometimes you just have to laugh. A belated birthday present for the old guy. He can even sing the whole Mickey Mouse song. Watch for it on YouTube! :-)


Love makes the world go around. A mentor and her client show their expressive art theme.

It is best to hold someone's hand.
In fact the photos were taken at The Hospice Youth Expressive Arts Grief & Loss Recovery Program, facilitated by Elke Scholz.
One young girl made a representation of herself and her mentor in the photo below. We were so moved. Such a simple means by which we honour our clients and recognize how important therapy is for a child.


Sylvia K said...

Does make me realize how much I have to be thankful for and quickly stuffs a sock in my mouth when I think "oh poor me, getting old". Thanks for the reminder. Have to admit though, it looks as though they have a good place to be!

Enjoy your week!


Martha Z said...

It is good for people to be connected.

Rinkly Rimes said...

I particularly like your last shot. The little people look so cheerful.

LadyFi said...

Such a heart-warming post!

Lindz said...

you certainly made me laugh with that man's hat and gloves

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That's a beautiful post and I had some comments in my mind, but I read Sylvia's comment just above as the comment form was loading and -- (as my grandchildren would say) "what she said"!

Thank you for sharing.

Carolyn said...

Such a touching post Jenn. I have been spending time with Betty who has been placed in the hospital to die. She has Alziemers and her dedicated partner is taking a little breather so the community is picking up the slack. She is a remarkable woman and the staff at our tiny(4 bed) hospital are amazing. Thank you for sharing experiences many of us would chose to ignore.
I love the "old man's" get up!!
Smiles and blessings to you Jenn.

Jenn Jilks said...

We have a similar issue in our town and the town's regular volunteers have been giving care. I tell my daughter: pop me on the raft and shove me into the lake when I get there!

I suffered caregiver burnout with my parents and understand the stress. I wrote about it in my book, and still write about it at Ontario Seniors .

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Touching post Jenn Jilks. Thanks,

eileeninmd said...

A very nice post and the photos are wonderful.

Powell River Books said...

A very thought provoking post. We don't have such a nice facility here in Powell River. We are hoping to get funding to replace our care unit soon. - Margy

Nancy Tapley said...

I, too, suffered caregiver burnout nursing my Mom at the end... It's brutal, and leaves lasting guilt. No matter how much I did, it was never, could never be, enough... at least in my eyes!

Happier note -- I LOVE the photo of the snow clouds over the lake! You'd better not be on your raft just yet!!!