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