This story was incredibly touching, I am a Nurse and I used to work in a Nursing home and more specifically an Alzheimers Unit of a Nursing home and I think you captured well, though the reality is abseloutely heartbreaking, the disease and the first paragraph of someone hurriedly reaching down her pant's to check to see if she is wet, that was upsetting but I have seen that done by Nursing Aide's and I made a point of taking them aside if I saw it done as it is a huge invasion of the persons privacy not to mention it takes away their dignity. This story broke my heart becuase it rang true in so many tones about how most of the residents have so little to wear as their families just abadandon them to the nursing home and families provide clothes though I know where I used to work sometimes people would pitch in, my mom has on several occassions bought slippers for people she noticed had none, or nighties to wear to bed if theirs are falling to bits, my mom worked at that nursing home too. Beatiful story, wonderfully told even if it breaks my heart to read it as I know first hand how much of it is true. If you still need a beta for your LOTR story my e-mail is in my profile, I would be happy to help you out.
I really enjoyed this story. Having spent quite a portion of my life visiting loved ones in positions similar to the one this lady is in, I feel an undeniable connection.
I look forward to seeing more of your work!