We discussed this during a poetry session. I thought it went well until the very end. I dropped some papers to the floor and Judy jumped up out of her wheelchair to come pick them up for me. I waved her back and Barbara, who was attending, grabbed my papers. Wow, the instinct to help is powerful.
Who among us can resist this plea
Spoken or seen in frightened eyes
Our instinct reaches out and tries
We extend at once a helping hand
But only hear a stern command:
“Stop! You’re going against the rule!”
We do not think that this is cool!
Please, will those who have the ability
Explain an assisted living facility?
Brookdale Orange City, like any other ALF, has standards that protect both the individual
and the institution. Personnel must be trained to deliver various levels of care. The
alternative could lead to further injury of a resident and/or injury to a well-meaning but
unqualified person. Basically, ask the staff and let the staff do their jobs. Use common
sense in trying to help one’s fellow man.
Now, let’s talk about when and how it’s okay to help someone and when it isn’t. For example,
If a resident, your friend, asks you for a tissue, that’s okay. But if he or she asks for help to
transfer from a wheelchair to a regular chair or bed, that is when a member of the staff
should help. In a real emergency when someone may be seriously injured, 911 should be