The Hardest Rule

 

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.  

 

“Help me!”

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

called.

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Virginia resides in Brookdale Orange City, Florida and is the author of the poetry that appears here. The views and opinions expressed in this poetry are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Brookdale Senior Living.

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