You may have heard on the news Yellowstone Park is closed to do flooding and roads washed out, etc. It's a mess. Of course lots of people who had vacations planned are having to cancel.
One of those who had a vacation planned to go there is our Mrs. Neighbor! Last Thursday her daughter and granddaughter flew up (I think they live in Texas). They were to go to Yellowstone (not sure when they were leaving for Yellowstone, yesterday maybe?) as a "girls trip". Well, of course there is no way to go now. Mrs. called their hotel reservations and cancelled. Well, I guess her daughter is now throwing an absolute fit about it! Saying she couldn't afford to come up here in the first place and now the trip is canceled and there's nothing to do here for the rest of their stay, etc. Mr. was outside telling dh about it - he said "it's a war zone in the house (she's actually his step daughter), so that's why I'm out here". What in the heck?! It's an act of mother nature, it is what it is. Enjoy the rest of your time here visiting your parents and going to do some other sight seeing. Do some online searching and find a bed and breakfast place they would go spend a few days at. Or just go take a drive up north and across the state and stop at hotels to stay the night. Or just go home then, if you are going to be that much of a bitch, is what I'd say! At least though, since the daughter and granddaughter have been here for almost a week, so far, they are very quiet guests. You don't even know they are there, unlike their son and his family.
I had a good call with the gal at the assisted living place. She is the same person I talked to 2 years ago, when I was trying to decide where to move mom. She still had notes on my call. I said, yes, I'm sure I did call back then! I'm also impressed that she still works there. People seem to change jobs so often and places have turnover, so it must be a good place to work. I just explained to her the point mom is at and she said it definitely sounds like she would benefit from assisted living, especially since I am having to assist her (with the calls) on a daily basis. I am going to do a tour when I go in Saturday morning. She said they do have alcove apartments available. Once a $500 deposit is put to hold it, they can then have their head nurse do her assessment to see what level of care she would require (ie more money LOL). She said that I can either bring mom there to do the assessment or since they are right next door, the nurse can also go to mom's current apartment and do it there. I'll decide which way I think would be best, after I've done the tour and made a decision. Since there isn't a waiting list, I'm leaning towards around August 1st. She did tell me, (I had not looked it up or asked her place yet) her current place does require a 30 day move out notice, so that is also good to know. She said the 2 facilities are very similar in layout and activities, so mom would probably adjust pretty quickly. She said they also do all their laundry weekly, so that would also be a big help to me.
If I decide to move her to this place, I'm thinking August. We are on vacation at the end of this month and then I have that trip mid July to the office meeting. I'll just have to start wrapping my brain around getting a move coordinated. Hire movers, get everything packed. Just figure out the timing of it all. Figure out how to get rid of the stuff I'm not moving to a new place. I don't think packing would really take me too long. When I got to her previous senior living apartment 2 years ago to move her, she had hardly packed at all. I had it all packed up in 2-3 hours, if I recall. I could also hire the moving company to pack it all up, too. That may be the best way to go. I also found online a charity in the city that will pick up donations, so they could pick up her desk, filing cabinets and tv stand and anything else I don't move. One step at a time.
I mentioned in yesterday's post that mom was up and to breakfast all on her own. It got even better. She got back from dinner a little after 6. I have her med dispenser set to chime at 6:30, but the button can be pushed up to a half hour before that. At 6:15 I'm watching her come out of her bedroom/bathroom area and she walks over to the dispenser, pushes the button to dispense the pills, pours the pills out of the little cup in her hand AND then she put the cup back! AND then she walked right over to the sink and took them! What?! I was floored. I was also happy to have gotten a break from calling her about breakfast and pills yesterday.
Then this morning she is up and to breakfast on her own again!
Oh, and last night at 10pm neighbor's annoying son and family showed up. No clue how long they are staying, but I assume a week or two. Ugh.... but it's supposed to be crappy rainy weather yet again this weekend, so maybe that will keep them inside.