Break out the dry ginger beer, to aid senior's digestion while celebrating. I'll stop writing and grab myself a bubbly one now. I have reason to celebrating tonight.
I'm over the initial response of mild depression that my husband isn't home with me. You see, he has been accepted into a placement for assessment of his special needs at the Mary Coram Unit, the Gem Ward, at Goulburn Valley health.
We both, my husband and I, feel positive that there will be a good outcome to be gained from this rehabilitation hospital ward stay.
Is it too soon to strike up the band, or at least the snare drum kit? I feel that this health investigation by specialists, that my man is getting, deserves a huge celebration. You need music to celebrate with, and I doubt that anything could surpass the drums.
I'm old enough to remember when drum bands were top of the charts. They played fine music too. In this age of political correctness and enforced quiet, I'm wondering if more teenagers were given drums and the use of the garage of family room for music jam sessions, if everyone (once they acclimatised to a bit of noise) might not be a lot happier. Gosh, life deserves to be celebrated.
Celebrate Life at Every Age and Stage.
You are not old until you stop learning and celebrating achievements.
Yes. I did the right thing shelving novel writing at this stage. Reg is more important. Our time together is too valuable.
I'm a little stunned. Reg, and also myself, have been receiving health care service visits and assistance in our home several days a week for the past month. The health team has decided to hospitalise Reg at Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) Unit at GV Health Shepparton Campus. We have agreed, only in the hope that they can do something to help him, and he will be able to return home soon.
He's on the waiting list. He doesn't go in straight away, and they don't tell us how long they want to keep him there. They mentioned this was respite care for me, but I don't want respite, I want Reg.
I've only agreed as they might help him to be less prone to falling. I can't imagine living at home without Reg. I don't know when he goes in or when he'll return again.
Well, I did return to non-fiction writing when I stopped novel writing. I have added geriatric care and geriatric humour to my blog writing, and self-help epubs. I've got to keep my mind active and working. Reg thinks it's a good idea to turn thuis into a positive and write it in a way others in a similar situation will know where to get aid services from. Busy blogging.Then I need to hunt Reg up some hospital pyjamas. He prefers sleeping in his day clothes at home, but hospitals are more regimented that almost seventy year old wives.
Mary Coram Unit
The Mary Coram Unit is a 44 bed combined inpatient Rehabilitation and Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) Unit at GV Health Shepparton Campus.
The Unit is staffed by full-time Geriatricians and Rehabilitation Consultants.
The Geriatricians are Dr Arup Bhattacharya and Dr Janith De Silva, and
The Rehabilitation Consultants are Dr Christopher Wijesingha and Dr Greg Dalley.
The multidisciplinary team consists of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech pathologists, Dietitians and Social Workers.
The Unit specialises in all types of rehabilitation and Geriatric Evaluation Management (GEM) conditions and is recognised as the preferred specialist provider for the following conditions for patients in the Goulburn Valley and Hume Regions
- Stroke / Neuro Rehabilitation
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Orthopaedic Rehabilitation
- Delirium and Dementia Care
- Falls (particularly falls of the elderly)
- Chronic Pain Management
In conjunction with your treating specialist you will be encouraged to actively participate in your health care planning and early supported discharge planning will commence from the start of your admission.
Links with universities allows medical, nursing and allied health students the opportunity to undertake a supported placement in the area of Rehabilitation and Geriatric Evaluation and Management.
Access to this service is by referral only. Please discuss this with your GP, specialist or other health professional.
For further referral information for health professionals click here