The Festive period has disrupted our normal flow of carers. No ‘sits’ were available on Christmas or New Year’s Day. This meant two lost opportunities for us, at a time when Maureen’s presentation has been very challenging. Therefore, I sought some recompemse with a ‘sit’ today: I have made a mistake.
Today’s carer arrived and said she hadn’t been here for two years. She reminded us that she had sat with Maureen for six hours on a previous occasion, when I went to London. She has now been here for an hour and has not stopped talking. I have left them too it. My dad would have said: ‘she’s been vaccinated with a gramophone needle’: I have to intervene or Maureen will be sleep for a week after she’s gone.
Today’s experience heightens the need to review the role of paid carers. This will be an important part of the review that I referred to in my post earlier today. Maureen needs the right sort of stimulation she doesn’t need to be battered with the life history of paid carers.
Postscript: Maureen is on her knees after a verbal battering for an hour and a half. We’ve given the woman an ‘early bath’ and sent her off shopping.