What Would You Do?
Knowing what is the right thing to do can sometimes be a very difficult decision. You can ask yourself am I sticking my nose in where it does not belong? Am I doing so because I have no choice? Would someone or some living being possibly be harmed if I didn’t speak up and intercede?
I am the type of person who has always fought those “windmills,” many times to my own detriment, but that is who I am and at this age, I have accepted that it is who I will always be. But let me lay out a scenario for you, let me ask you, what would YOU do?
A woman of senior age, living in your own community, very obviously has dementia, but is very sweet and friendly to her neighbors. A relative shares the home with her, but seems to be mostly oblivious to her condition, although he pays the bills and makes sure there is food in the home, etc.
On occasion, the lady has been seen roaming through the neighborhood and doesn’t seem to remember the way home, but since she does not roam far, kindly neighbors always seem to steer her back home safely.
Not too long ago she reportedly began spending quite a bit of time in the recreation center, as many of us do when we especially want company. However, one day it seems she went for a swim and it seemed while in the pool somehow, slipped under the water. Thank goodness some other residents spotted her and all was well.
We have Community Service Club manned by some wonderful and caring folks. We have The Foundation Assisting Seniors, set up to assist seniors in need. We have Elder Protective Services, paid by our tax dollars to protect the weak and infirm but that might cause the involvement of guardianship. So as a concerned neighbor, finding that the relative just “doesn’t get it”, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?