Hilda was limping and complaining of pain in her leg. She is desperately lonely and needs to talk a great deal, saying she is isolated, has no one to keep her company, can’t spend much time with the other residents as they are all difficult to talk with according to her.
Jean is not a happy person and has never recovered from the death of her husband several years ago. She relies on other elderly people to do all her chores for her such as shopping, visits to the doctor, paying her bills, etc. As soon as I arrived, she complained about ‘hating Christmas, hating her neighbours, hating her food….’ and so on.
I have spent so much time (and different methods) trying to help her shift her mind-set to no avail and now I’m certain she is not going to change. However, we don’t give up on her – we’ll keep listening but spend less time trying to convince her that life could be better if she would only change her attitude.
Dennis is again unwell, struggling with his chronic health problems of glaucoma and congested asthmatic lungs; but now he has the added problem of gout in his feet and left elbow, causing enormous continuous pain. His pain is starting to subside and as soon as it has completely gone, he will start taking Purinol.
He is a very nice man to spend time with, having had an interesting life working for National Parks. He is very grateful for all the help he is receiving and wanted it known that he prays daily for all of us.
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