So, for those that don't know we decided to let my mom's patients choose the name for the hedgehog.
Again I don't know if you all know but she works exclusively with patients with Dementia disorders so most are functional in almost every way but are in a nursing home because they can't live alone and either don't have family or their children or grandchildren in many cases can't be home to care for them. Her patients are very lucky because this is a very high priced private facility that doesn't accept Medicare or Medicaid so most every is private pay at a place charging $400-600 a day depending on the number of services required (technically her building is assisted living not a. Nursing home. It's BS they do nursing home work but it screws over both staff and patients as well as gets around a lot state regulations so they manage to keep just enough high functioning patients to qualify). And because of the type of patients they get a lot, not all, but considerably more than other places she's worked, of involved families. One husband of a patient who died just before Christmas for the year his wife was there was in all day every day, since the front doors are locked for obvious reasons in a memory care building and you have to be buzzed in when his wife was napping which could be a large part of the day, he'd sit at the little desk near the door and let people in for the staff. He overstepped his bounds occasionally and corrected staff behavior but he's 85 and was a VP at Ford for Twenty years old habits...but his wife died as I said but he still comes in twice a week and helps to feed other patients that need help eating because he knows the building is understaffed (see claiming it's an Assisted Living but giving them nursing home patients), also they have a small patio that's fenced off so the patients can go outside when they want as long as the weather is nice. But the "main campus" never gives the memory care building their share of the funds to well do anything unless they raise a huge fuss. Which means that area is just an empty slab with some dirt sround the fence. Or that's what it was last year. This year this man came in and planted some flowers himself but before he could start that he hired a landscaping company to go in and make sure the dirt was dug up and topsoil putin where necessary and planted some small shrubs. He spent nearly $100 on this patio for the residents. ( Read more...sorry I rambledCollapse )
So we picked up Bella on Saturday afternoon at the same time as another family. Ashley, the breeder said we were getting the most laid back of the two available litters right now. And she was, there, where everything was familiar she cuddled right up to both me and my mom. The other family not so lucky, the one they chose turned out to be a biter and since it's for their young children they were picking another that hopefully was better tempered.
Bella obviously is much more jumpy and less laid back in her new home. It'll take a few weeks to acclimate herself to a new cage and all the new smells. She's fortunately unfazed by Delilah's barking because there was a lot of it that first night. Delilah spent well over an hour barking at the cage after we'd let her smell Bella. She saw Bella come out to eat and then scurry back under her blanket and Delilah just barked and pawed at the cage and wouldn't stop. I actually got some video so I could ask the trainer just to be sure it was "come out and play" barking and not "get the hell out of my house" barking which it was the play one. We think she just can't figure out where Bella is going, Delilah is laying down and sees Bella come out and grab food but by the time Delilah gets to the cage Bella is back under the blanket and Delilah doesn't know where she went so in her pea brain Bella just vanished. Funny thing is, if I take Bella out, Delilah sniffs her and then goes and lays on the other side of the blanket....unless Bella wants to burrow under something, then Delilah will pull it off her. And Casey saw her once, me owed at my mom for food and walked out without getting close so we aren't even going to try for an intro if it's not necessary, it's inviting a problem.
Anyway, here are some pictures we've gotten since she's been home in between being crapped on, because seriously she shits a lot. Kind of like a human baby, she eats, sleeps, and shits...but I can't put a diaper on her. ( Read more...isn't she cute!Collapse )