My precious sister went to visit Dad today. As she walked down the hallway, about six feet away from Dad, and he held his arms out stretched to her and yelled her name at the top of his voice! Made her day. His favorite aide, let's just call her his Angel...had just given him a shower, shave, trimmed his eyebrows, put on fresh clothes, combed his hair and even spritzed on some cologne. My sister said he smelled wonderful!
We could not have hand-picked a better care giver for Dad. His Angel loves him and favors him. She calls him Papa. Dad is all smiles whenever she is around. If he is not eating, the staff calls her and then Dad will eat for her. She brings him in fresh homemade Menudo and Tamales. My sister kept hugging her and telling her how much she means to us knowing how she is caring for Dad.
My sister brought her manicure set and did Dad's nails. His Angel wheeled him outside while my sister carried the fresh water for his hands to soak. It was a gloriously gorgeous day with the sun shining brightly on them. Afterward, my sister showed him the Dominoes and they played a game or two. Dad could count the dots and remembered how to play. Dad began to close his eyes and told them how wonderful the warm sun felt on his face. Like a child being strollered into the sun, he kept his eyes closed and felt sleepy. My sister heard music and singing coming from inside and knows how Dad loves music. They wheeled Dad back inside and Dad began to sing...
After my sister returned from putting away the Dominoes, she found Dad asleep in his wheelchair. She started to wheel him back to his room, but one of the Aides told her she would take care of him. My sister found Dad's Angel and told her she was leaving, and that Dad was asleep. She told my sister she would go get him and tuck him into bed. My sister thanked her again for all she does for Dad and assured her we all are so grateful for her.
My sister told me this was the happiest she has seen Dad in many months...she had a GREAT visit!!