Imagine you’re in your oasis of calm – your backyard garden. It’s a clear day and you’re on a hunt for errant weeds and malicious pests. Your elderly mother is upstairs confined to her bed with a cast from ankle to upper thigh. Normally independent, her current state has her agitated and restless. The last time you checked she was sleeping soundly. You set to weeding your vegetable patch.
Hours later, you check on your mother. She’s awake and soaking wet. She’d tried to pour herself a cup of water from the pitcher by her bed. Obviously something went wrong. She had been calling out but you hadn’t heard her all the way in the yard.