18th May, Papa, Mum & K1 went to Dover Park Hospice and Bright Vision Hospital to find out more info on the rates of staying at hospice and its environment. The rate is $250 per day (before subsidy), the amount of subsidy depends on Means test. We also went to nursing home and found out that nursing home is not suitable for elderly with illness as there are no doctors and nurses to look after them. Uncle KS bought a door bell with 2 separate buttons for Dad to use so that we know Dad needs our assistance to bring him go toilet, from bedroom to living room etc. Uncle KS managed to persuade Dad to stay at home as the cost of staying at hospice is very expensive.
20th May (about 1.30am), K1 was sleeping when she suddenly heard a voice calling for help ‘Girl, girl, Daddy falls down’. K1 immediately asked Mum and K2 for help to bring Dad to sit on a chair. This is the 1st time Dad fell down, we need to take preventive measures so that Dad does not fall again. We started a midnight shift routine and took turns to sleep with Dad as Dad needs our assistance to go toilet etc. It’s tiring, we need time to adapt to midnight shift routine and yes it’s teamwork…
21st May – 23rd May, Aunt H, Aunt L and Aunt LC took turns to visit Dad. They bought lunch for Dad and K1, chat with Dad and provide foot massage service for Dad. Thank you very much 🙂
22nd May, a social worker came to have a chat with Dad and K1. Her name is Venus and she’s from HCA Hospice. Nurse Sellam is concerned about us and asked her colleague, Venus to drop-by our house to have a chat with us. Venus thought Mum’s the caregiver and was surprised that K1’s the youngest caregiver.
Venus: During these 5 months, how do you cope with the news regarding your Dad’s condition?
K1: When we heard the bad news, we cried and need time to accept reality. Faith and belief in religion helps us to fight the ‘Charlie’ battle together with Dad. In addition, words of encouragement and family support from relatives and friends enable us to tide over the ‘Charlie’ crisis.
~ Goodnight ~ Sweet Dreams ~