Several days ago I posted a list of ideas that could help dementia patients feel as if they had some control in their lives. In the post, I used Peter’s adaptations as examples.
Today, I have a new item to add. This one aimed at those for whom reorganizing the silverware drawer or separating buttons by color aren’t challenging enough.
- Wrangle grocery carts into types—large, small, ‘kiddy cars’—in the cart corral at the grocery store!
After our shopping trip the other day, Peter unloaded our groceries into the back of the car, then walked off to return the cart. I started the engine, adjusted the mirrors, lowered the radio’s volume, checked my hair, and waited and waited and waited. Where was he? The cart corral was only three spaces away.
I reversed slowly out of my slot and, whoa, there he was, sorting carts and fitting them together as if they were the high school band waiting to parade.
I tapped the horn. He looked up and waved to let me know he knew I was waiting. Really, the only thing I could do was laugh.
Header photo: Kroger’s on a Sunday morning