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Pour que tous les jours soient la fête des Mères

When a parent is diagnosed with dementia a dynamic change takes place. Children become caregivers. « You end up co-parenting with people you never thought you’d co-parent with, » says Margaret referring to her two brothers. Margaret’s mom, Sarah, is a resident at Richmond Care Home, a 16-bed home in Richmond Ontario for women with dementia.

A big part of life is the expectations we have for it. We expect different phases to play out a certain way. « Like any relationship there are so many unexpected phases you go through, and I’m so grateful for all of them, » says Margaret. « It’s another phase. There’s no other choice for me than to look at as an opportunity…for time. »

« With dementia it’s a different way of being…the meaning comes at that moment when you’re both out for a walk. If you’re looking for the same poigniancy from the same moments at other times they won’t be there. What’s nice is that there’s plenty of them. »

« We liked this place. There aren’t too many like it. » We liked that it’s small, that it’s homelike. Her happiness is intertwined with her happiness so we’re all in it together. »

To learn more about Richmond Care Home, click here or contact info@carefor.ca