At 86, Bernie had been living with his son and his daughter-in-law in Scottsdale, Arizona for the better part of two years. He’d moved in shortly after his wife had passed away. Bernie’s son Sam and his daughter-in-law Pamela worked 8-hour jobs and weren’t at home until late in the evening. Bernie had managed to stay home alone for most of the time, but he had been showing signs of trouble for a while.
It started when Pamela noticed several bruises on Bernie’s arms while they sat down for breakfast one morning. Bernie had been trying to hide his bruises for some time now. When he was finally asked about it, he admitted that he had fallen from his bed several times when he tried to get up. Sam and Pamela tried to keep a watch over him whenever they could. But with their tight work schedules, it was becoming increasingly difficult. Moreover, Bernie had been showing signs of mild depression. He expressed his feelings of loneliness when Sam asked him about it one night.
Sam and Pamela weighed their options and decided that the best thing to do would be to move Bernie into an assisted living facility in Scottsdale where he would be under more constant and efficient care. At first, Bernie wasn’t happy about this decision. But with time, he soon got used to it and even came to enjoy living at the senior care in Scottsdale. The center had skilled nursing care and he stopped having trouble with mobility. Moreover, Bernie’s depression gradually waned through his interaction with his other peers. The community offered a range of activities like Bridge games and book clubs, and Bernie soon got back to being himself. Of course, Sam and Pamela continued to visit him.