The Retired Barmaid

Dot worked as a barmaid in her younger days, and she has always been a very independent woman. “I worked in pubs in Sydney and Brisbane from the 1920s until after World War II.” She reluctantly agreed to move from her unit into a residential care facility last year, not long before her 100th birthday. “I had a couple of turns last year and the doctors advised me that I needed to move to where I could call on nurses anytime.”

Dot’s general health has improved since moving into residential care, she is eating better, and is involved in more stimulating activities. However, she has fallen a few times taking herself to the bathroom. “The nurses told me I have to buzz them to help me go to the toilet, but I don’t want to bother them. I don’t like asking every time. The nurses are so good to me, especially the night staff, but I do miss my own place.”

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