Mum called this afternoon, and we had the same conversation we've had 10 times since I visited her last, which was 10 days ago. As usual, she started by enquiring about her bank account and asking me if I knew that she gets a pension from Dad's old company...
I resisted the temptation to mouth the words to myself, and I let her get it all out in her own time without interrupting her. A couple of days ago I bought Mum a writing notebook and I've printed out a simple diagram explaining her finances. I'm hoping that she'll refer to this when she wakes up at night with her "sudden thoughts".
Midway through extolling the food again ("... and it's free, you know") and telling me what had been going on at the Home, Mum paused and asked me: "Have you ever been here? Have you visited this place?"
That took me aback somewhat.