Helping Others: Residents Like It Too

Helping Others: Residents Like It Too

“Excuse me,” I said to the lady sitting across from the nursing station.  “We’ve been saying hello for a while.  I’m Dr. Barbera, the psychologist.  You’re Ms. Patel, right?”

“Yes, that’s right.”  She looked up at me from her wheelchair and smiled.  “Nice to meet you.”

“You too.  Listen, I wanted to ask you a favor.  It’s perfectly okay if you say no, because not everyone is comfortable with this, but I’m trying to find a place to meet in private with a neighbor of yours and her roommate is in her room.  I was wondering if I might be able to sit and chat with her for a few minutes in your room, since you’re out here.  We wouldn’t touch anything, we’d just sit and talk.”

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