Wardi's wife, Reetta, became ill in the 1990s, and at first the artist took care of her at home. Later, she moved to a care home and Wardi started portraying the life there in his pastels. He stopped making oil paintings; they were replaced by his observations and memories of the everyday life in the care home drawn in delicate lines. Wardi started to use more colours and he introduced broken colours alongside the pure ones. His works depict the inhabitants of the care home and the loneliness often accompanying old age touchingly.