#FF — Hacienda del Sol

PHOTO PROMPT © Ceayr

Mitch and Rachel found the perfect assisted living center.

Mother will love it. Two bedrooms, one for her computer and books; washer-dryer in-unit; she can bring both cats…”

And the beautiful grounds! Acres of paved paths, lined with roses – it even has a plaza with a fountain!”

They moved me in and sold my home, despite the notes I wrote best I could saying, “No!”

On my first tour of the grounds, they wheeled me to the plaza and left me there, in the sun. For my own good, they said.

Nobody read the charts about my photosensitivity.

 

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the illuminating host of Friday Fictioneers.

80 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Oops! Too cruel.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sadje. Hopefully they didn’t leave her out there too long — and won’t do it again!

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      1. Sadje says:

        I hope so. But seem like a nasty bunch.

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  2. Lael-Heart says:

    Well break my heart.

    Liked by 1 person

      1. Lael-Heart says:

        ❤ You've actually done me a favour and reminded me why I have a plan for situations like these 😉

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Ouch, not an encouraging start…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      No, it isn’t 😦

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  4. Dale says:

    Oh how awful! So much for caring children… They were just trying to wipe their hands of her. So sad.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      They should have at least made sure the place knew about her health needs; at the very least the place should have awareness of health needs as standard practice!

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      1. Dale says:

        Seriously… And know what those needs are, which they don’t seem to

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  5. Could she have made arrangements in advance, protecting her from their intrusion? We d on’t know the whole story. Maybe she needs it and won’t admit it. This tale allows for quite a whole lot of filling in of more details

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, maybe she should have made arrangements in advance, and you are right there is a lot we don’t know about the situation. Good thoughts, Larry. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  6. Sad how often that sort of thing happens.
    Ronda

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  7. neilmacdon says:

    Making the will so as to cut the kids out if they park you in a care home is essential

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    1. msjadeli says:

      LOL! I’ll have to remember that!

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  8. Ugh, the usual insensitivity of “professional” caretakers.
    Sad, but oftentimes true.
    A high 5 for the truly “caring ones.”
    Randyy

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Randy!

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  9. Wow. I sure didn’t see that coming. Good one!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Susan! It’s funny how these stories come together from looking at a picture.

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      1. Isn’t it? I love it when a story begins telling itself, too.

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  10. Oh! Good heavens! This took me by surprise. Negligence at its best. Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Alicia.

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  11. Sneaky. Love it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks, Doug.

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  12. badfinger20 says:

    Well that was a good twist.

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  13. Ah geez, just let me die!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      lol that’s about the size of it

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  14. Outta sight outta mind. And there she is trapped but of sound mind. Ouch. Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, unfortunately, it is just so. Thanks, D.

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  15. plaridel says:

    i wonder if she has become so helpless she couldn’t speak for herself. that’s no good.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      She may have had a stroke. She’s in a compromised condition for sure.

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  16. plaridel says:

    is she’s at that point where she’s totally helpless she can’t speak for herself? i wonder.

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  17. ceayr says:

    Egads, toasted mother for lunch!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Extra crispy!

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  18. Irene says:

    Oh poor lady, but her children sound like they were trying their best, so double sad story, sniff

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Irene, that’s the way I see it also. They were doing their best in their own way. It has to be so difficult to trust staff caring for loved ones when the loved one isn’t able to say or do much in their defense.

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      1. Irene says:

        Absolutely; you packed so much in such a short story!

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  19. Some people think they know best when they really haven’t a clue.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I think there’s a term for that, probably more than one, but it is the root of a lot of misery.

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  20. Liz Young says:

    I am very glad my mother’s nursing home is kinder than that!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m glad also, Liz.

      I don’t think it is a matter of abuse/unkindness as much as one of neglect/carelessness. I know, the end result is the same. I hope they find her before any serious injury and consider it a wake-up call to read the residents’ health charts.

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  21. So much sadness and suffering that could have been avoided with an ounce of care.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Exactly, JoHawk!

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  22. granonine says:

    They moved her out in spite of her refusals. “Mother WILL love it here. Whether she wants to or not.”

    This is a real fear for many who can no longer live alone. Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Linda, thank you very much for your insightful comment.

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  23. Sandra says:

    How truly horrifying. I could feel my rage building as the story progressed.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I know! Poor lady!

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  24. Dear Lisa,

    I echo Sandra’s comment above mine. My rage indeed mount with each line. Apparently mom still has a mind and an opinion. How sad she couldn’t get anyone to listen. Evocative and well written piece.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, yes, it is an unfortunate situation that could have been avoided with a little care. Thank you.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  25. Lynn Love says:

    Having been part of a group of kids having to decide the future of an elderly relative, I can tell you it’s hard. Especially if that elderly person lives alone and keeps falling, has some complex health problems. And you can tell staff about those health problems but the messages don’t always get through. At my mother in law’s home they would try to dissuade the residents from going into the garden – more trouble for the staff, I think. It was very sad as she did love plants. Well told tale

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much. I have been involved to some extent with my mom’s search for a satisfying place to live, and you’re right, there is a balance between the wishes of the person and the risks of their wishes. Thankfully, my mom is sound of mind and body and was able to find an affordable place within 2 miles of 3 siblings. God has blessed her.

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      1. Lynn Love says:

        Oh, that’s brilliant to hear. Yes, we had the tricky problem if a frail lady living in a rural location miles from any of her kids. After a few falls – and when she got cancer – we had to talk her round into leaving the house. Very sad all round, but an impossible situation to get exactly right. I do hope your mom’s very happy in her new home

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Oh, she is. She lives NEXT DOOR to my brother. God is good sometimes.

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  26. I liked this, great example of people pretending to care. caring is in the detail and they’ve failed to look.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Michael, and you have nailed it. Caring is in the detail.

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  27. pennygadd51 says:

    Oh, that is sad. You foreshadow your last line by telling us of mother’s attempts to object. That primes us for something dark. When I read the reveal and saw that mother suffered from photosensitivity, I thought “Wow, that shows real malice by the kids – possibly even with fatal results.” This being Friday Fictioneers, I even wondered whether it was a very cunning murder plot!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      lol, Penny, your mind did go to a dark place with that last sentence. Anything is possible!

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  28. Russell says:

    Oh yes, she’s going to love it there!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Hopefully the bad stuff is out of the way now. I hope things work out for her.

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  29. draliman says:

    After this episode maybe her kids will see the error of their ways and bring her home…

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  30. Oh no! Bless her! Fabulous story, a little reminder to listen to your parents wishes. Hugs, Heidi xx

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Heidi.

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  31. Laurie Bell says:

    Oh no. So sad !
    😭

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      😦 Didn’t mean to make you cry.

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      1. Laurie Bell says:

        All good 😊❤

        Liked by 1 person

  32. susanmehr says:

    So sad, but if one had a narcissistic parent. Well, there is another story. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 It’s all in perspective, isn’t it.

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  33. magarisa says:

    It’s patronizing when people do things to you “for your own good”.
    We thought along similar lines this wek. 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I gotta check your story out yet. I agree, paternalism is one of the main roots of evil in my book.

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      1. magarisa says:

        No rush. 😊

        Liked by 1 person

        1. msjadeli says:

          I think I missed it along the way? I looked at last week’s Mr. Linky and didn’t see it?

          Liked by 1 person

          1. magarisa says:

            I was very late (54th story on the list, maybe?). Here it is: https://detoutetderien2015.wordpress.com/2020/03/16/so-you-say/

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            1. msjadeli says:

              Just read it and commented, but comment disappeared. Excellent story, Magarisa. Somebody has to make the hard decisions, and talk is cheap.

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              1. magarisa says:

                You first comment reappeared! Thanks again, Li.

                Liked by 1 person

                1. msjadeli says:

                  You are welcome.

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