As I left a facility yesterday and the nurse put in the security code to “let me out” of the dementia unit, this is what he said:

65 % of the residents never get any visitors


I couldn’t sleep last night. I was awake at 4am picturing their faces, all of the people in the room, who laughed and smiled and hugged their stuffed animals….which ones were alone all of the time with no family and friends to visit?

My last name is Gallagher. Another lady had the same name. Mrs. Gallagher.

I want to go home. I just want to go home.

The tear sat on her cheek. And another one fell down. And another.

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