Looking After Mother

At 8am the phone rings. “It’s Wandsworth Telecare,” says a cheerful voice. “Your mother’s smoke alarm has gone off twice. We’ve rung her but she seems confused so we’ve called the fire brigade.” Is the house on fire? “Probably not,” he says. “But when the alarm sounded we rang her and sent her to check the stove. When she came back to the phone she couldn’t remember if she had turned anything off. We thought we should play safe.”

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2008/may/17/familyandrelationships5

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