Adult Day Care Needed

The Oakdale Leader - - NEWS -

Dear Edi­tor,

Oak­dale needs an adult day care!

There are no places to take a loved one for two to three hours a day, where there is in­ter­ac­tion with other adults, mem­ory care and a safe locked place with care­givers. I can leave my loved one with a sit­ter, that is not a prob­lem, but I would like a place to take him to. When left with a sit­ter, I must do my ap­point­ments hastily. If I can leave him in Oak­dale how won­der­ful that would be. I could go to the su­per­mar­ket and se­lect new prod­ucts in­stead of re­ceiv­ing the ba­sics. I could walk around Kmart (it has been over two years) and just look at things. I could go to the Dol­lar Tree and use a $10 bill to pur­chase 10 items – how fun that would be! I could walk down­town Oak­dale, touch of piece of an­tique fur­ni­ture, walk in to Moss Rose Bak­ery and smell the de­li­cious aro­mas of Mary Anne’s spe­cial or go to Café Bliss for a cup of taco soup.

But you see, a vis­i­tor has moved into our home and has taken over our life … his name is Al(z) Heimers. He now dic­tates what we do and how much rest­less sleep we get.

Everyone knows my hus­band as “Pas­tor Joe” – he pa­s­tored at Sierra Bap­tist Church for over 20 years; he is a peo­ple per­son and never met a stranger.

Our house is locked now and he doesn’t re­mem­ber his ac­tiv­i­ties of daily liv­ing and some­times not even me. A man that I have been mar­ried to for 53 years. I now tie his tie, help him dress and tie his shoes.

I did find a day care in Modesto which sounded great – but, Oak­dale is our town. Modesto doesn’t have any­thing for me. I was born in Oak­dale, grad­u­ated OHS. Af­ter Bi­ble Col­lege we moved back in 1973. We have been in the same house since 1979. Oh, how I love Oak­dale and just want to keep Joe with me.

Some­times Mr. Al is put in a shadow and Joe will come with bright, clear eyes and give me a kiss on the check and say in his clear preacher’s voice “I love you, Thelma.” For just a minute, I had him back. Such joy. Thelma Fer­gu­son

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