Knight in Shinning Amour

Anthony1Dear Anthony, I want to share a story with you if I may.
I hear a lot of people’s stories. I hear them daily. However, recently I heard a story that was so touching, I had to share it. This comes from a woman in her 70’s. She is rather witty and makes me smile every time I see her. I tell her that, and she says she has a lot to be grateful for.
One day I asked her why she was so grateful. She smiles, “Oh I just am. I have a knight in shinning amour you know.” Then I could see she was so very sad. She looked at me and said, “My life was diffiuclt before I came here you know.” She pulls up her pant legs. “See anything on these legs?” I look at them and tell her no. She tells me they were infested with flea bites and bug bites and that her home was not a good home. Stray cats got into her trailer through a register and would sleep in her bed giving her the fleas. “I’m okay now, nothing bites me.” She smiles, “I’m safe.”

You can tell by looking at this woman that her life has been difficult. “My life has been rough lately.” She looks down at her feet, “People took advantage of me.” She shakes her head, “People would go into my house and steal my underwear.” She would say.”Nothing was safe. They would steal my food and I would go hungry.” She shook her head, ‘They tried tell me I was crazy, but I knew I wasn’t.” She once again looked at me and said, “I’m safe now.”

I finally asked, “Why are you safe and who is the knight in shining amour?” She begins to cry. “Oh he is so special. He saved my life, and he is the kindness person I have ever met.” She shows me her hair, “He had my hair cut and it gets washed all the time now. I get good food every day and I get a clean bath daily.” She cried even harder, “I just don’t know how to thank God enough for Anthony.”

She is referring to Anthony Diaz, owner and director of Rose’s Chante Adult Care Living. “He is never too busy to help us or talk to us.” She smiles, “He goes out of his way for you.” She looks serious for a moment, “I sure hate bothering him, but he says that is what he is here for.” She bows her head. “Everyday at least two or three times, I bow my head like this and say a silent prayer thanking God for him.”

She is right; Anthony is just one of those people who never thinks twice about the residents he works with. I have watched him over the past year working with his residents and he is one person that goes out of his way to make sure their needs are met. I even recall a day when I said, You all should do a BBQ here one day. Oh my goodness. He went out and purchased a gas grill, and enough food to BBQ that would have fed the entire block.

No needs are unmet at Rosa’s Chante and Anthony Diaz makes sure his residents are not just taken care of, but healthy and happy. The resident who shared her story says it all when she said, “He was put here by God to take care of us.” I smiled at her and said, “perhaps you should sing him the song I Say a Little Prayer for You,” She took a deep breath and began to sing it and I sang it right with her. I think that says so much about Anthony and Rosa’s Chante. I went home that day with a smile in my heart and a lump in my throat. Thank You Anthony for all you do!


The Clinic

rosas clinicHi this is Anthony Diaz. Dementia is an interesting disorder. It makes some of my resident think they aren’t who or what they really are. I have a resident that believes he is a doctor. He really feels, in his state of mind as a dementia patient, that he is a surgeon. He can often be found carrying his surgery schedule and talking about “the clinic”.

It can be contagious here at Rosa’s, because shortly after this client started thinking he was a doctor, another resident started in as well. Soon, my residents are asking me, where is the clinic? What started off as a state of dementia, ended up producing a real live clinic here at Rosa’s tht is offering our residents and staff a wonderful place.

Our residents started asking where is the clinic over and over. So, we had a small building view come in, and at the side of the house, we built a clinic. We are really proud of the clinic because it serves as a place where our residents can go to for private conversations, or where our medical and mental health contractors can meet with our residents and have the privacy they need and require.

It works for me because it is a place where I can do notes, make private calls to doctors and contractors and take care of business in a more professional way. Not only am I proud of our clinic, our residents think it is the best thing since toast and butter. We all have a sense of pride with the clinic here at Rosa’s and even our contractors think it is “spectacular.”

Come by sometime and visit Rosas Chante Assisted Living Home and take a tour of our wonderful home and of course stop by the clinic.

More Funny Moments

funny storiesHi this is Anthony Diaz from Rosa’s Chante Adult Care Home. I enjoy it when my funny bone is tickled and here at Rosa’s there is plenty of tickling. Today I wanted to share some funny moments.

Now Funnies during showers are always a hoot. For instance, this one older woman was quite disgusted with her body appearance. This was due to the fact she had a lot of old age spots all over. One morning during the soaping up she said to me, “Anthony what can we do with these black liver spots that completely cover my body?” Well the only thing I could think of was we could get a felt tip pen and play connect the dots. Not only did we laugh all morning, we every time we looked at each other.

I will never forget how one morning I was assisting with one of my ladies during a shower. She says to me, “You know what Anthony I have never had a male nurse see me nude let alone tickle me.” I smiled and said, Lady you are sitting on the bar of soap.” Of course we both just laughed all morning.

We have an exercise program and the leader of the group asked everyone how was their weekend. One of our female residents said, “Well I am not sure if my upper half of my body or my lower half of my body is my weak end.”

Well, this was your sixty second giggle from Rosa’s Chante Adult Care Home have a good day and remember to laugh.

A Letter from Dr. Tyler Woods

thank youDear Anthony,

I wanted to write and say thank you for all you have done over the years. About 18 months ago, my mother fell and broke her hip. I had no idea what to do with my father who suffers from dementia, COPD and anxiety. His anxiety was so severe that I was unsure if anyone would be willing to care for him, but you said there was nothing you could not handle.

When I called you, your voice was calming and you invited me to come in and talk with you. Your calmness and knowledge was very appreciated. You gave both my brother and I useful information that had nothing to do with my father, but with the situation and I appreciate the knowledge you shared that day.

My father ended up doing respite care in your home for a month. You were very kind to him and reassured him when he was having anxiety. You kept us updated and offered more and more tips. You answered questions and were always up front and honest.

Since then, I have become a contractor for your adult care home because I believe in what you do. As a mental health care provider, I see the work you do with your residents. Even with dementia, they are calm, relaxed, and are opened to talk and open up if they can.

I appreciate the tips, the jokes, and the seriousness you offer people.  You never take life and people  for granted. You help people, and their family members live in the moment and help them deal with their aging parents. So thank you Anthony, thank you for making this a smoother transition for so many people…Namaste and blessings….

Tyler Woods