Jo Williams, Assistant Nurse Practitioner at Riversway Nursing Home was recently inspired to put pen to paper whist spending quality, one-to-one time with one of our residents.
Jo asked if we would share her poems with you, so here’s a little background......
Whilst recently spending one-to-one time with Brian, Jo came across a reading book with a page neatly bookmarked in a drawer, Jo assumed that Brian must have previously liked to read, so she began to read the book out loud to him. After a while Jo started to sing, to see if the tunes would help stimulate his mind more, as everyone enjoys listening to music don’t they?
This proved successful, so Jo then bought in some CDs from home. Loui Armstrong, Glenn Miller and Buddy Holly tunes soon began to fill Brian’s room and he began to shake his leg as he started to recognise the tunes, this was so heart warning to see. Jo had also got some hand muffs for him to touch and feel and a ball with a stimulation effect, which he started to throw around his room whilst listening to the music.
Whilst watching the positive changes in Brian's mood, Jo was inspired to write a few words down and she compiled the two poems below.
We hope you like them.
Music is the way to my memory
Listen to the music in the background, brings back memories to me that were sound.
Dancing too, is what I loved to do, especially when I met my love – you.
You inspired me throughout our time, and the good things is – it’s remained in my mind.
I want to thank you for all you do, and to remind you that I really love you.
So as my memory is now poor, put on the music and let’s hear more!
Tell me what do you see when you’re looking at me?
Don’t be sad or have pity on me, I am still me behind this face, all I want is to be treated with dignity and grace.
It’s only my memory that is playing me up, I am still me just unfortunate.
Tell me my day will be ok, and help me throughout to find my way.
This is the path chosen for me, just remember I am still me.
Jo Williams, Assistant Nurse Practitioner at Riversway Nursing Home