Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
Nursing homes are notorious for items turning up missing. Unless there is actual physical abuse the law does not get involved. Missing clothes are not considered abuse.
To deal with her missing clothes I decided I would start doing her laundry myself. If I’m the one doing the laundry none of her clothes should ever leave her room unless it is me taking them.
I did a bit of shopping then I went back to the nursing home and cleaned out mom’s closet. I checked all the clothes and found several that belonged to someone else. None of those fit mom and should not have been there. The hangers were terrible. I removed all the hangers that were bent or broken.
The closets are very tiny. About one foot wide. I took all of her clothes home to wash or throw away except for two outfits. Those two were to hold her until I took the laundry back the next day. The clothes that belonged to someone else was left in a pile with a note for the aide to return them to the rightful owners.
I borrowed money so I could pick up a few things for mom. I bought two laundry baskets on wheels. One to be there while the other is here.
I bought laundry soap and new hangers. Oh, and I bought air freshener for the laundry baskets too. Aren’t those cute? The laundry soap was on sale ninety nine cents if you bought four. Plus I had four coupons for fifty cents off one bottle. Making the soap fifty cents each. Thats cheaper than I can make my own.
I stopped at a thrift store and got lucky. I found 6 pairs of pants and 6 blouses that I believe will fit her. Those plus her usable clothes should be enough for her until I can locate more outfits. A 3x tall size is pretty hard to find these days.
I washed everything of hers that was still usable to remove the stains. The laundry person at the nursing home doesn’t care about doing a good job. Stains are not treated. And clothes are not always returned to the right person.
I will do mom’s laundry once a week. 8 outfits and a sweater are all that should be in her closet from now on. One for each day of the week and an extra just in case. I took her a sweater and a lightweight jacket in case she wants to go outside in the courtyard.
All of her extra clothing will be stored here at my house. I can rotate what is hanging in her closet. I see her at least three or four times a week and can take her extra clothes if needed.
Ladybug and I visited with mom yesterday morning. Mom looked so clean and smiled a whole lot. She also ate all of her food at the breakfast table. She had almost stopped eating until now. We stood and watched from the dining room doorway.
Mom thinks I’m her Mama (my Grandma Mama) and that her baby doll is me. I took the baby doll a few clothes too. Mom said “Mama you take such good care of me and make pretty clothes for us.”
Ok, that is one issue taken care of. I’m working on the others and will post about those in a couple of days.