Joseph read by Sean Barrett

This powerful story faithfully captures the words of an 80-year-old man with dementia. Because he was very prone to falls every time Joseph tried to get out of bed an alarm sounded to warn the nurses. This story starts with the abrasive sound of the alarm. During the story Joseph tries to make sense of his current situation – in bed and unable to move - by comparing it with things that happened to him and things he saw in his childhood; Where is this place? How did I come to be here? What experiences have I had previously that help me make sense it? When was the last time I was able to walk? Why oranges? The hoist that lifts him out of bed and the sound of the alarm bring back memories of a carnival ride and an absurd childhood injury that put him in hospital and left him unable to walk for a few months. His daily bed wash reminds his mother’s work. He confuses the length of time he was in hospital in Ireland in the 1930’s with the length of time he had been in the care home – indeed his criticism of the care home is much the same as his description of the hospital.