Dad has been in his new assisted living apartment since Thursday. I spent the first two nights with him, but after the second night it was clear he was starting to catch on to the process of using the assistance provided. He’s been on his own overnight the past two nights and done fine.
Of course we’ve still been visiting with him for large chunks of the day but I think the place is starting to feel like home to him. It helps that his new apartment has the exact same layout as the one he had in Pacifica, which meant we were able to set up the furniture the same way he had it before.
Dad also met with his new primary care doctor last Friday and they hit it off well. She has made referrals for continued physical, speech and occupational therapy to help him with his recovery from the fall. (See Head and Heart at 92 Years Old for the background on Dad’s accident.) The therapists will come from a home health provider, so he won’t have to travel to these appointments. They will come to him and work with him in his home.
To show you how far he has come, as I sat down to write this update I got a phone call from him. A month ago the neurosurgeon was saying Dad’s cognitive abilities might never recover enough for him to even be able to hold a conversation, let alone be able to live on his own with mere assisted living.
Dad is getting stronger both physically and mentally every day. It’s a slow process and – at 92 years old – he might never get to where he was before the accident, but he is showing progress beyond what I had been led to expect. This is a blessing for him and for the whole family.
Speaking of family, if you missed the updates on how much my wife has done to get Dad to this point, please read updates three and four. She’s been greater than great and I’d appreciate your prayers of thanks for her and for continued strength in her efforts as well.
We’re going to have lunch with Dad in a couple hours and visit with him for a bit. Also, my sister is flying in at noon and will be able to stay with Dad for a couple days. They do this a lot so it will help Dad feel even more at home with her as his house guest sleeping on the pull out sofa.
Thanks everyone for continued prayers. Your encouragement has meant everything to me.