November 3, 2015
Usually at dinner time or when you just put your feet up the doorbell rings. Who can it be, a friend? A relative? No, its a stranger trying to sell you something. As frustrating as it is, I do understand that its someones job. However it can cause issues when they knock on the door of a person with Alzheimer’s disease.
A stranger coming to the door can invoke fear, anxiety or worse over friendliness. What if you Mom invites this stranger into the house. What if she gives him money? We can’t take that risk. We have gotten a No Solicitors sign for the door (from the town) but that doesn’t always stop people from knocking. We can’t lock the door from the inside for safety reasons. But for the times that Mom may be on her own an unplanned knock one of things that I worry about.
I have decided that I am going to put a note on the door. A note that would hopefully deter anyone from knocking on the door. My note will read, “Caution do not knock on the door. The baby is ill and taking a nap. If you wake the colicky stomach virus ridden baby you will be responsible for taking care of baby. That includes cleaning up any mess that the wonderful stomach virus will inflict on the baby.” I think this note will do the trick ; )