|sketch by one of "my" patients...sometimes the worlds of art and OT overlap|
Here are some memorable quotes I've heard working in a nursing home for the last 1.5+ years.
Me: Do you know what day today is?
Her: What day was it yesterday?
Me: Do you know the name of this place where you are right now (rehab gym)?
Him: I don’t know. A Bowling alley? A Friendship Club?
These are your ideas or government ideas that they give you to use? - practicing getting on/off toilet
I sure don’t know the month or day; I don’t think it’s necessary to.
I heard you but I don’t want to hear you.
Not only do I have to live here; I have to do the cooking. – regarding using Rehab kitchen
(seeing a therapist talking to a patient across the room): Looks like there’s about to be a fight over there. I’m for the little lady in the wheelchair. That’s right. Slug her.
I don’t want to put on too much. It looks trashy with too much. – 95 year old, regarding lipstick
Me: Do you know how to check the messages on your phone? Did your family write down the steps for you?
Her: Yes, here it is: Step #1: Open the flip phone. Oh my goodness, they must think I’m an idiot.
Tell him to get the hell out of my side of the room! – regarding his roommate, who is bedbound
Me: That takes a lot of fine motor coordination and good vision.
Her: It really does and it’s not for old folks. – 95 year old, replacing her own hearing aide batteries
Oh, that damn old thing. – 102 year old’s response to me bringing her walker
That’s my name! At least it used to be. I don’t know what the hell it is now. – 102 year old
I’m making them walk with me. They may not want to, but I’m making them walk with me. – regarding her shoes
Her: I named my walker, “Erin.”
Erin: Oh, I feel honored.
Her: Yes, you should until I throw it into the river.
Her: Are you going to stay here with me?
Me: No, but I wish I could.
Her: I want you to do more than wish. I want you to. It’s very important. I know it is. Because God told me so.