Carer Elena

Elena 16, full time student and helps care for her Grandmother Jianli, 79.

If Grandma wakes up in the middle of the night she gets really confused about who we are and where she is. We talk to her in Chinese and reintroduce ourselves to her and this helps calm her down. Mum put lots of family pictures in Grandma’s room and also her favorite reading chair and her special table that she’s had forever.

If she wakes up, we turn on a little light near her reading chair so she can see all of her things and she knows where she is. She usually goes back to sleep again really quickly.