Issue 40 – A New Year

“Did you have a good Christmas John?” John’s coworker, David, gave a cheerful greeting as John made his way past the maze of cubicles to his office. “It was fabulous David…we had a really wonderful time.” John set his briefcase down beside his desk and invited David in to take a seat. There was a…

Issue 39 – Home For Christmas

“I’m glad they are in no rush now to move mom,” Catherine said as she took a seat in the hospital cafeteria at a table with her brothers. John nodded in agreement. “We’ve definitely bought some time to plan things a bit better now that they agreed to assess mom when she’s a bit more…

Issue 38 – Transitions

“How is everyone today?,” the Transitions Coordinator took out her notes smiled at everyone gathered in the room. “We’re all doing well,” James said on behalf of his father and siblings. James had arrived yesterday, and John felt better that both his siblings were here for this meeting. “As you know, I met with Hazel….

Issue 37 – What’s Next?

“Do you remember what happened mom?,” John asked, taking his mom’s hand as he sat beside her. “I was rushing around the house trying to get everything together for the movers,” Hazel sighed, “and I fell.” Hazel went to readjust herself but winced in pain. “Stop trying to move around mom, let us help you.”…

Issue 36 – Oopsie

“Can we go in and see her?” John had just arrived at the hospital after hopping the first flight he could out of Ottawa. He still had his coat on and was wheeling his suitcase behind him as he came into the waiting area. Catherine noticed his hair was tousled and his eyes were red….

Issue 35 – Not According To Plan

“The he truck is here mom!,” Catherine called from the front foyer. Hazel looked around the living room once more. She was certain that not everything was packed up, even though she could clearly see the tables and shelves were now bare and her cabinets were empty. “Just one moment Catherine, I need to do…

Issue 34 – Dispelling Myths

Now that the house had sold, the “big move” was only a few months away. Catherine had been sharing how overwhelmed she felt in her weekly phone calls. Apparently there were years worth of knick-knacks and other “junk” that she was having a difficult time sorting through, and mom wasn’t much help as everything seemed…

Issue 33 – Sharing Stories of Remembrance

In honour of Remembrance Day, our Charlie & Hazel story will be taking a quiet pause today. Housing providers observe today with their residents by participating in various ceremonies across the province and within their own communities. In fact, our members have told us that celebrating this day is extremely important to the residents they…

Issue 32 – We Remember

The process of packing boxes, donating items to charity and marking items to sell was a lot harder than Charlie had envisioned. Catherine had been helpful with keeping them on task, but Hazel was having a difficult time parting with mementos and other sentimental items. Charlie had a bit of fun at her expense, watching…

Issue 31 – Misinformed

“I’m so glad mom and dad finally decided on something.” John had been worried his sister’s involvement may have derailed his parents’ decision, as it seemed Catherine usually disagreed with everything simply for argument’s sake. “It has everything they need, and I went on another tour with them this week. It’s very nice and close…

Issue 30 – Decided

Charlie and Hazel couldn’t help but giggle a bit as Catherine recounted her experience meeting the manager at the publicly funded seniors’ residence in her neighbourhood. As Catherine spoke over the phone, it became more and more clear that she was only now coming to understand all the options that her parents had already taken…

Issue 29 – Taking Matters Into Her Own Hands

“Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me,” Catherine said as she took a seat in a modestly decorated office. “No problem. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have about our community.” The gentleman smiled. He seemed very friendly. Catherine had decided to make the appointment with the site…