The Chat



Jan Millward is an Activity coordinator in a 40 bed Care home in rural Dorset. She has worked in the care industry for 12 years and she is passionate about spreading positive care messages to balance all the negative press and misconceptions of what really goes on in a good care home. Not all homes are bad! Her poems include an eclectic mix of life experiences, funny and sometimes sad. Many are suitable for reminiscing sessions and several have helped provide a better understanding of dementia as well as helping many cope with the grieving process.

Jan is our sponsor for the 'Bright Copper Kettles Celebrates National Poetry Day' prize draw.

The chat

We need to have a chat Mum,

we're worried about Dad.

He's getting so forgetful,

he always looks so sad.

We know you think it's normal,

as he's getting on a bit,

but we are really worried

so please don't have a fit.

Last night he had forgotten

where he'd left the car.

He went out for his paper

and left the door ajar.

It's becoming quite a problem

you must have seen the signs,

it's been going on for ages

if you read between the lines.

He needs to see a doctor

we need to find out more,

we can't afford to lose him

If he walks straight out the door.

Please don't be embarrassed

it is no fault of yours,

no one makes it happen,

we don't know what's the cause.

We need to have a word Mum,

we'll do our best to find

someone who can help him,

to ease his fractured mind.

We don't want you to worry

it isn't a great sin

to say that you can't manage,

we want the best for him.

We'll travel his rough pathway

we'll find the best of care,

we'll provide the courage

when you feel in despair.

We're all in this together

do not feel on your own,

we're here if you should need us,

just please pick up the phone.

Our Dad has got dementia

so we will do our best,

to love and understand him

until he finds eternal rest.

Jan Millward.©


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