WHAT CAN WE DO?





WHAT CAN WE DO?

By Jo Tolck

With this edition of the HALO Monthly, we are launching a new feature highlighting some things that have been done to brighten the lives of people who reside in nursing homes, are shut-ins and/or are receiving hospice care. We invite YOU to contribute your stories and ideas for publication in order to inspire the rest of us. Here is an example.
While visiting a friend who is mostly confined to bed in an assisted living facility, I perused her surroundings. Mary has two rooms – a small, narrow bedroom with one window and a much larger kitchenette/living room with two windows. 
I moved Mary’s bed into the living room, which previously had gone unused, giving her significantly more space for herself and for visitors who no longer must sit in the cramped bedroom in order to visit with her. Another advantage is that Mary can now reach her phone jack/charger and doesn’t have to depend on staff to charge her phone and then bring it to her.  Also, with double the windows, she can enjoy more natural light.  
By moving Mary's bed, there was a great improvement in her living conditions and she has less dependence on others.  A simple, but highly effective change!

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