Geriatric City



It’s awful to see her there, fully aware she’s surrounded by people who can’t differentiate between a pig and a pencil!

Today mum was weeping.

“They washed my favourite woollen jumper in the machine.  My heather-coloured Edinburgh Mill cable-knit your dad bought.  They didn’t ask, crept in during the night and stole it.  It’s not machine-washable and it’s ruined.  I would’ve told them it has to be hand-washed,” she sobbed.

I went to retrieve it from the laundry and found a grotesquely shrunken and matted garment that wouldn’t have fitted a Barbie doll.

My heart broke for my lovely mum.

Word Count: 100

Written for Friday Fictioneers – a 100 words story based on a photo prompt. Hosted by Rochelle. Read the other entries here.



51 thoughts on “Geriatric City

  1. patriciaruthsusan says:

    My mother was in a nursing home. Nothing like that happened, and she had Alzheimer’s so probably wouldn’t have noticed if it had. However, I’d advise people not to take valuable items to an elder care facility. Everything’s given common care. No one will fuss with special care. Also, I’ve heard people working there sometimes take things. Their pay is not great. You’ve got a good place if your relative doesn’t have bruises. Keep checking. My mother was in a good place. Good writing, Clare. —- Suzanne

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  2. rgayer55 says:

    My father had dementia, and after he died my mother went to a nursing home a couple of years later. Most of the people who worked there were thoughtful and caring, although there’s always some dumbass who won’t know a pig from a pencil (I love that line). 🙂

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    • Clare Hempstead says:

      Thank you. The nurses weren’t uncaring to mum to be fair, but they took her jumper without her knowledge, which upset her. They don’t have time to hand wash and probably thought it would be alright, but mum felt out of place and ruining her jumper was the last straw!


  3. gahlearner says:

    This hits home for a lot of people it seems. Painfully realistic writing, great story. My mother had dementia after a severe stroke, but people in her nursing home asked us to not bring her delicate clothes that can’t be washed roughly. I brought her these only for special occasions and took them back home afterwards. The people in this home were amazing, I’m very grateful for the care they gave.

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  4. Michael Wynn says:

    Excellently written from the heart. Loved the line about the difference between a pig and a pencil. It’s sad to see how often dementia sufferers’ needs and wishes are callously disregarded by those who think they know best.


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