My mother is in a nursing home, but remains totally dependent on me for her companionship and emotional sustenance. I have been trying to visit daily, but I need respite at times. I skipped a day, and found her to be quite despondent the next day. She will rarely leave her room, and hasn't connected to any of the other residents, nor will she open up to staff. The residents in her home like unit are not as aware as my mother, though there are others that are in nearby "houses". She turns down everything the activities director suggests. Our family is very small, so there aren't many visitors.