Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Spending Christmas Time with Dad

On Sunday, we went to Serra Manor to deliver the mails that the former owner of this house have received in this address.  Unfortunately he wasn't there  so we  just gave it to the employees.  On our way out, an old lady talked to me so I stayed a little while.  Then when we left, we proceeded to visit my father-in-law who is staying at Gables Care Center in Hopedale Ohio.  It would be nice if Dad can stay at Serra Manor, it would be closer and we can visit him more often.  Unfortunately, they are always full and  we are still waiting for some vacancy for him.  
 We were glad that he's awake when we arrived.  For a couple of times that we visited, he was  sound asleep so we were not able to  talk to him.  He was actually at the  church inside the  Gables facility when we arrived.  The nurse  got him  so we could visit.  
 My husband  pushed the wheelchair so  we can walk around with him.  We  stopped at the entrance where  there is a piano.  The kids wanted to play piano for him.  It was festive  there so I took lots of photos.

 I can tell that Dad doesn't really know who we were.  We talked to him and he barely responded.  It was nice seeing him though.  We didn't see any bruises  at all and he seem to gain a little weight while staying at  Gables.  When he stayed at one of the  nearby facility here in our area, he always had  bruises.  We didn't have an evidence for  maltreatment  from the employees but my SIL believes that they were not very nice to Dad when he stayed there that's why the family decided to   relocate him at Gables Care Center even though it was very far from here.  He seem  very happy there.  All the nurses calls him Pap.  
 Alzheimer is a hard thing to go through.  We miss Dad, we miss him when he can still recognize us and talk to us.  We were  watching old videos this morning and made us miss him even more.  
 O am glad that people at Gables Care Center  really takes care of him.
 I am not sure if he will ever  have a vacancy here in the area but that's what I pray for so he could be close to us and we can visit  him a lot more.  
My daughter brought this nativity frame to put in Dad's end table.  She made this in her art class last year.  
 We had a chance to  take a family picture with him before we left.  He was getting cold so we took him back to his room.  Below are the videos of the songs they played for him.  
We will try to go back there again before the year ends or on Christmas day. We will see how the weather will be like.
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15 travelers' comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

Awww, how wonderful that you got in a visit on Christmas. We went to see some loved ones yesterday, too and it made my Nana so happy to see my kids.

Jennifer Johnson said...

Sounds like an amazing home you have him in!!! It is hard to be away from family when they are going through things like this, glad you had a good visit.

Candace Kage said...

We went and picked up my in-laws so they could spend Christmas with us. Takes some planning with checking them out and getting medicine and everything. They enjoy it so much and love to hear the stories of their lives and share their experiences with their grandchildren.

Destany Pingle said...

What a wonderful time you got to spend with him. It looks like he is well taken care of.

Jacqui Stewart said...

Love this so much! When my parents were in care facilities, we always heard sad stories of the forgotten patients. Either family couldn't take the time to visit, or they were just too far and the family just couldn't visit. So happy your family was able to spend that time with him!

GayNYCDad said...

What a nice visit. I hope something opens up closer, I am sure he would love to see you all more often!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that you were able to spend time with your father this holiday season! Family is so very important. I pray that he is able to move closer to you.

sara lafountain said...

Time is so precious and I am so glad you were able to spend time together. I bet this visit mad everyone in the family feel happy that you were able to be together. I hope you can spend more time with him over the holiday break.

Rebecca Swenor said...

It sounds like you all had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas with dad. I believe that it is so important to our older family members to spend extra time together during the holidays. These are great photos by the Christmas tree which is beautiful. Thanks for sharing our Christmas time.

Pellerini said...

Alzheimers is a terrible disease. I am so sorry that you have to experience it with your father. My grandmother had it and it tore up my dad each time we saw her :(

Chrissys Critiques said...

It looks like you all had an amazing time! Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos!

Dawn GT said...

love your blog. i love that you took time out to spend it with your dad. i love creating wonderful memories.

Angela Ricardo said...

Sounds like you had an awesome Christmas with your dad I bet you and your dad was really happy spending Holidays together. I miss my dad

Agnes Vazhure said...

I really enjoy reading these kind of posts! Family is very important and its nice to see people celebrating together.

rika said...

That's the sweetest thing to do! Holiday is the perfect time to reconnect and to spend quality time with family!

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