Roger and Eleanor Barnard live in Longview, a senior retirement community located in Ithaca, New York. Roger, 86, has had Parkinson's and Alzheimer's since 1992. Roger lies in bed as Eleanor washes clothes in the bathroom.
Roger Barnard is bedridden, making it necessary for him to use diapers. As time passes it becomes difficult for Eleanor Barnard and the aides to keep up with Roger's hygiene and the demands of his condition.
Aides provided by the Longview community come into the Barnard's apartment and help Eleanor with Roger. Particularly, they will help get him in and out of bed, or if he is unable to get out of bed, they will help change his diapers.
Eleanor Barnard tries to wake Roger Barnard up after their meal in the Longview Community's dining hall. During the course of the meal, Roger fell asleep with his head on the table.
Eleanor Barnard pushes Roger Barnard in the hallway of Longview. If Roger is unable to support himself it's hard for Eleanor to help. "If he ends up on the floor, I can't pick him up," Eleanor said.
Roger Barnard has choked before, and to avoid further problems, Eleanor Barnard began pureeing his food and feeding it to him.
Eleanor Barnard looks at her husband Roger Barnard as he sleeps on his chair, mid-afternoon. Taking care of Roger exhausts Eleanor, leaving her to take daily naps.
Roger Barnard spends most of his days sleeping. He has been bedridden for weeks at a time, thus giving him bedsores.
Eleanor Barnard didn't want to put Roger Barnard in a nursing home or be away from him. She felt it was important for her to take care of him. Roger passed away with Eleanor in their apartment May 2013.