Mamadoll: A Daughter’s Adventure in Caregiving

By Anne Bachner


Mamadoll begins as many stories like this do; an incident occurs to change things forever. The family tries to “make do” and ends up searching for a nursing home. Family cooperation and help from the facility enable Barbara to enjoy a life worth living. She travels by train with her daughter to visit her sister in New Mexico and eagerly participates in her granddaughter’s wedding. She undergoes cataract surgery in both eyes and participates in weekly singalongs with other residents. She maintains her stylish grooming and never forsakes her daily makeup routine. She routinely enjoys nature surrounding the area in which she lives. During this time, she and her daughter deal with regulations, financial challenges, and physical issues. Visits from grandchildren and seasonal celebrations add variety and quality of life in the nursing home. This book doesn’t ignore the toll of physical illness and dementia, but shows that adversity can be dealt with. In the end, death comes to Barbara almost as a friend, enabling those left behind to recall and celebrate her life well lived.

172 page softcover


Anne Bachner began her professional life as an educator. Upon graduation from college, she taught language arts to junior high and high school students for 33 years. She enjoyed reading and even began to write, as she taught her students to enjoy literature and composition. Anne was interested in history and architecture, which led her to produce a booklet called The Homes of Mineral Point.

Later on, Anne worked with an organization that saved old barns. In 2007, after discovering a unique stone barn in a nearby community, she wrote Prairie Legacy, about the barn and the family that built and preserved it. Her next literary challenge in 2015 was to edit her sister’s novel of historical fiction called The Wager and in 2019 to promote Chuck Tennessen’s Because We’re All Forever Earthbound.

The author’s experience as a caregiver began in earnest when her mother moved to a care facility in her hometown where it was easy to make frequent visits. The author also helped care for her two mothers-in-law, which broadened her experiences. She has indexed this book to enable her readers to look up topics from Alzheimer’s to Electronics. In the end, however, the author wrote more of a love story than a “how to” book.