“Nina was a very active person in her nursing home”, Arina told the BBC. “He participated in various creative activities: amateur theater, arts and crafts workshops. He also participated in sports competitions: he played darts, he played football. Soccer was something that I really missed after leaving home. “
Adopting your best friend
Once they moved into the flat together, their friendship blossomed like a meadow in spring. While it is true that she is nervous about accepting Nina (the pandemic has had its tensions for Arina: she had to accept a salary cut and has been working from home as a market research expert), she quickly discovered that her new best friend knew how to cook. , go shopping and do most of the things on your own.
Arina hired a math tutor to help Nina do calculations, a skill that was suddenly important given that she was now shopping independently.
She also started helping her with reading and writing on her own.
After the lockdowns ended, the couple had a difficult challenge ahead of them, as Nina did not want to return to their facilities. And there were difficulties from the start: Russian residents cannot be released from custody unless they are shown to be “functionally capable” or if someone assumes legal guardianship of them.
Then one day it just clicked. Arina started the process to adopt her friend.
Currently, Arina, who does not count on being anything like a mother, is working on a plan to restore Nina’s legal right to full independence, which will require serious evaluations of her abilities, such as making sound financial decisions.
“Maybe I am the type of person who is not afraid of responsibility. It’s something unexpected, but actually a good thing, what has happened to me, ”he said. “I love her. There is not much to do. I love her very much.”
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