Category Archives: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Prayer for the Departed

I wrote my mom’s obituary over a year ago when she first went to Golden Age.  We suspected she was going there to die, but she lasted another fourteen months. Four days before she died, I gave a printed copy of … Continue reading

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Photo Op

Hospice has provided a hospital bed for my mom to keep her head elevated and more comfortable.  The nurse tells my dad that they will leave Mom in bed from now on and turn her every two hours to keep … Continue reading

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More Life

We’re honoring Mom’s wish not to be kept alive by artificial means, but none of us knew back then to ask whether she wanted to be fed in this near-vegetative state.  When I visit, I can’t help but spoon feed … Continue reading

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The Whole Gang

My mom has lived at Golden Age for fourteen months.  Today I try to recall all of the residents who have died since she moved here.  Stephanie and Delores II were separated by so few days that I can’t remember … Continue reading

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The New Girl

Wilma is the newest resident at Golden Age. She’s a tall and skinny 70-something with permed gray hair, still mobile enough that she’s wearing an ankle monitor around her right sock, like a house-arrest prisoner. She has only just arrived … Continue reading

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Limited Recall

The next day, I visit Mom before Dad’s cookout.  All but one of my seven siblings will be there, a great distraction for Dad, who loves to play host.  He sent an email invitation to all of us about two … Continue reading

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The Big One

Each time I visited Dad this week, he mentioned that Mom wasn’t eating much.  This morning when I stopped on my way to the nursing home, he told me, “She was a little dopey yesterday.” When I get to Golden Age, Mom … Continue reading

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