My dad used to always say "Home again, Home again, Rig-a-jig-jig" every time we returned home from a vacation, or any extended time away. It was a fun way to welcome us all home again.
Today we moved dear old Dad into a new retirement facility. Everything went FANTASTIC!! I am just thrilled with his new home, and the people that came to greet him and welcome him. I was blown away by the response of the people on the floor which he now calls home. "Am I home?" he asked as he shuffled down the hall. Oh yeah!
No one came up to my dad to say goodbye or wish him luck at his previous residence, although the movers were busy hauling his furniture right past the front desk for over an hour. We were waiting with my dad in the large empty lounge while the movers worked ... quite visible to anyone. I found that was the saddest thing to witness. It shows how little they cared about him, and it shows me we have done the right thing in moving him out of there.
At the new residence, there were smiles, handshakes, introductions and lots of excitement at his arrival. There was a group of four ladies on his floor who came to say hello, brought a chair out for him to sit down right there in the hallway, as we chatted together and they welcomed him in. My sister and I were completely astounded at the change in atmosphere. He happily went out onto the veranda to wait for the movers to finish their work ... and the movers were a couple of very cheery, polite men, who were so careful around all the residents (many of the residents are completely lost in their own little worlds). Dad was escorted into the dining room for lunch, and he seemed quite pleased with everything. It was a beautiful day all round.
It eventually came time to say goodbye to him. We had his furniture all arranged, and all his stuff packed back into his dressers and cupboards. There was more than enough storage space for all his possessions, and we left quite a few drawers empty! All but the smallest pieces of furniture fit into his room, so I was happy about that. We took out quite a bit of stuff that was no longer needed, which made me feel better about things too. I hated to see all the accumulation of so much rubbish in his room, and it's nice to make a fresh start again.
Dad was content with everything, and said it all looked very nice. He didn't have one complaint (of course there'll be time for him to find something to grumble about I'm sure!). The person in charge on the floor mentioned to us that the first matter of business would be to get him showered, and my sister and I were so relieved that they recognized this at once. So I had a little talk with Dad to let him know they would ask him to shower and to try to be cooperative. I don't know if it will help, but we'll find out soon enough if he is agreeable.
So the deed is done, and I couldn't be happier. Thanks to all of you who left such kind comments about this move on my last post. I can't believe the week is coming to an end already ... my head feels like it's been in a whirlwind of preparation for this! And I just wanted to let you all know how well the day went for all concerned. I can't tell you what a relief I feel tonight that everything worked out so well!
PS ... I didn't have any photos of the day, but have filled the post with photos of my garden this week.