I was in charge of the activity room at the oldies home last time I went. When I arrived Glenda said – we're having a staff meeting today so you can do some activities with the residents.
okay then, am I allowed to do that?
So I went up there and told them I'd be bossing them around all afternoon and what did they want to do.
Darts was the first suggestion.
Ok, so how does that work? Well, apparently I walk around holding a dart board, stand in front of them, and they peg magnetic darts at me. Yeah right I said, don't you know I could lose an eye doing that sort of thing??
Hoi it was. In hoi I sit with a deck of cards and they all have six cards and I yell out a card and if they have it they turn it over. First one with all their cards over wins. Then they can have a lolly from the jar. The first winner said – one lolly, or can I have two? Oh, have two I said, why not. Oh, hang on, none of you are diabetics are you? I don't want to kill anyone. They have an unlimited willingness to play hoi. I could hardly talk at the end of the day.
So after a couple of hours they all got excited and started tapping my arm and pointing behind me and when I looked around Hazel was up and about to go for a walk. What I said? Isn't she allowed to walk around on her own. No, no they all say. Ring the buzzer, ring the buzzer. Hazel wears an alarm buzzer around her neck. Am I allowed to do that I say, will I get in trouble. NO, push it they say.
well ok. No one exactly raced in immediately, but about ten minutes later this large nurse, who looked as if she'd had quite a tiring day, walked in and said – Who pushed the alarm? And I pointed over my shoulder and said – she did.