A New Place for My Uncle

Leroy Lang/ September 7, 2015/ Fraction/ 0 comments

My Uncle Cletus has been a very important part of my life. He has been a second father for me. I always liked when he visited. He would always bring us treats from his store. He was so lively and active. My uncle was full of life. He had a talent of making my brother and I happy during difficult times. As I got older, so did he. Today, he is older. He does not have as much energy as he did in the past. He is really sick. My aunt needs senior home care in Queens. He seriously needs help.

My Uncle Cletus started having problems four years ago. He started to slowly forget important things. He would forget his address or his social security number. He had to write it down on a sheet of paper. This was dangerous because someone could easily steal his identity and take his money. He also started to forget people in his own family. He barely recognized his own sons. He once confused my brother and I as his own sons. He completely forgot that he had a granddaughter. My aunt took him to the doctor. My uncle was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. It was a devastating blow to our family.

My family also suffered again. Last month, my uncle had a bad fall at his house. He severely injured his hip. My aunt is having a very difficult time taking care of him. She has to help him to the bathroom. He cannot go on his own. My uncle’s Alzheimer’s disease is getting worse. My aunt fears that he will wonder off and get lost. He needs constant medical attention. My aunt wants to find a place that will take good care of her husband. She is looking for a place with a trustworthy reputation.

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