Elders Say the Darnedest Things! - page 9
As anyone who's ever worked with the elderly knows, every care facility has its "characters": the curmudgeon, the hothouse flower, the Church Lady. And the best-kept secret in the business is the... Read More
Feb 10, '14We had an elderly patient for several days, who was drowsy, unresponsive, and didn't move a muscle on his own. No words, sounds, or movements for days. Suddenly, I see him sitting on the side of the bed, trying to stand himself up. I ask him where he's going...his response:
"I GOTTA GO MAKE MONEY!!!"
(at the TOP of his lungs)
...Clearly, he had started feeling a little better.
Jul 30, '14An older guy I worked with once told me "you know you're getting old when you and your teeth don't sleep in the same room anymore!" Also, "you know you're getting old when you step off the sidewalk and have to look behind you to make sure it's still there!"
Jul 23, '16I had a patient who was hard of hearing and used one of the store bought amplifiers with a dial control on it . He would sit in the lobby all day and say hello to everyone who passed -every single time- a hundred times a day. Once I was passing him to relay some information to a nurse who was a few feet away from him. He held up a finger and raised his eyebrows to indicate he wanted to speak to me. I held up a finger and mouthed "just a minute." Spoke briefly to the nurse-turned around and said "what can I do for you, Mr. B?". He reached to his shirt pocket-turned the dial up on his amplifier and asked "Can you hear me now?" I burst out laughing-couldn't help it.