Monday, 21 April 2014
We're very fortunate in Scotland to have free personal care for the elderly. In my father's case it allows him to remain in his own home, when otherwise he would surely be in an institution because he is too frail to look after himself, although mentally as sharp as ever.
He has four visits a day: in the morning, to help him wash and dress, and to get breakfast; at lunchtime and tea time, to prepare his meals; and in the evening to help him to bed. The carers also wash his clothes and bed linen. Beyond the physical help, they keep his mental world alive in a very real way. He knows all about their children and grandchildren, and they bring local news in to him to the extent that he is one of the best-informed people in the village.
And as we found when we arrived on Thursday night for the Easter weekend, they pick him posies of spring flowers from his garden.