So then - you'll recall we were heading up to my folks for a pre-Christmas dinner with them? - well, we went to visit on Thursday and enjoyed spending time with them AND a decent meal... I think it was probably the first time my dad has cooked a Xmas Dinner - Mum's not very well of late... struggling with both Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis... ADD to that 2 non-functioning knee replacements as you might imagine, just getting out of bed is proving a struggle. My dad probably does't see the decline as much as we do - not seeing them for months at a time, it's more obvious to us. Of course, parents being parents, (and a bit stubborn... perhaps in denial) they've adopted a "keep calm and carry on" approach to it, WHEN in reality they need to admit that at their time of life, there's nothing wrong with modifying their home to make life safer.
They've gone some way to reducing the risk of mum getting injured by having the bath replaced with a walk in shower... at least now when she's upstairs on her own, she doesn't have to wait for assistance. IN reality though, she really could do with a stair-lift fitting - working on the basis that whilst she's having regular falls at least when they're on 1 level, whilst it might hurt a bit and be undignified, she' probably wont end up dead.... UNLIKE a fall down a flight of stairs, which might kill her. It sounds alarmist I suppose but at least with stair- lift, that "risk" would be removed... STILL, whilst you can lead a horse to water, you can't always make it drink ... I hope they come to terms with this different stage in their lives and do all they can to make it safer.... SOONER rather than later.
Anyway - it was nice to see them and spend time with them - Andy and I of course drank a fair bit so staying the night was a welcome treat.
WHEN we got back to the boat (Andy had to be at Work for 2 on Friday) we found this: