A couple of weeks ago my father spent a few days in hospital and since returning to his nursing home he has been bedridden and quite despondent. The staff used to get him into his electric chair each day so he could join the other residents for lunch in the dining room or sit outside & listen for the birds he so enjoys.
In the home there are now about 15 residents including a few ladies in various stages of dementia. One of these ladies popped in to visit the other day and when she left she locked his door which is always left open.
It didn’t take long for him to get very hot and claustrophobic. He is paralyzed down one side and very weak on his “good” side so moving blankets off himself is basically impossible. He pressed his “help” button but no-one came and no-one heard his calls for help.
So he called triple 0 (the Australian equivalent of 911). He told the police he was locked in his room at the nursing home and they came to investigate probably thinking they were about to investigate abuse of the elderly. Mum said that the staff on duty were a bit annoyed with dad but that he was immensely cheered up by the fuss he’d created!
He’s still got some spunk!