Audrey's Visit

Cousin Mary took some time off work

To settle me into Brookdale’s routine

I felt frazzled and a bit berserk

But the cats were content with the scene.

I slept most of Saturday and Sunday

Monday, we got down to business

Needs assessment was the order of the day

What could I do for myself with success?

Audrey, Director of Health and Wellness,

Knocked on my apartment door and proceeded

To introduce herself with kindness

Explained she wanted to know what I needed.

She’s seen my medical records herself

Heard others describe my condition

Now I must show and tell her myself

How, when I couldn’t walk, could I function?

After several falls, surgeries, and therapy

My orthopedist prescribed plastic braces

They could help me use a walker and be free

If I got on my electric scooter I could really go places.

(But I was afraid, afraid I’d fall again.)

Audrey set up a program based on TRUST

She knew I feared to do what I can

She knew I feared to use my tools  

She said, “Trust your caregivers to do their job!

“They’re trained to:

Get me out of bed

Help me put on my braces

Stand beside me when I hold my walker

Help me sit on my scooter

Be my friend.”

Audrey knows the mechanics of caregiving, but perhaps

More importantly she knows the value of trust and

Friendship. Her skill was not the first thing I noticed

About this lady and made me go ZOWEE, WOWEE!!!

I have more to say.

Virginia L. Wylie

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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