Monthly Archives: July 2016

Dementia: Our Camp Song

News from Base Camp – this is the Camp Song played as early morning tea is served: Maureen has asked me if the children are enjoying camping along with whether I’m warm enough at night.  Camping is giving me much more rest … Continue reading

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Dementia: The Comedy of Errors

I think I may have been a tad liberal with the title of this post: farce is nearer to the mark.  When I was putting away the notes from the carer’s sit yesterday I found a Temporary Care Plan tucked … Continue reading

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Dementia: Hi de Hi Campers

We’ll be camping again tonight to recover from an unhelpful Carer Sit.  The poor woman had obviously not had her ‘card marked’ and thought she was chairing Twenty Questions. Maureen demonstrated her capacity by going along with a cunning plan to be … Continue reading

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20 Things to NOT Say to a Person with Dementia

Originally posted on Dealing with Dementia:
This list comes from Kate Swaffer who after being diagnosed offers a fresh perspective on how to live beyond dementia rather than only die from it, and how family, friends and dementia care professionals can…

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Dementia: News From Base Camp

Yesterday was the first time in 16 years that we have had a G P call at our house.  Dr Munjal  is well aware of Maureen’s reluctance to take any medication and spent a long time trying to persuade her … Continue reading

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Dementia: Picking Up The Pieces

Maureen remains bruised and broken from her experiences in Ladysmith Care Home. She is now frightened if I’m out of sight fearing I have left her Her G P will make a home visit around noon. The Capacity Assessment has … Continue reading

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Dementia: Off Her Trolley

Maureen’s recollection of how she gained black eyes and hurt her back is consistent: she ‘fell of a trolley that was travelling at speed’.  She recollects colliding with a door as she fell to the floor.  The Care Home says … Continue reading

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Dementia: Little Things Mean A lot

If looks could kill I wouldn’t be around any longer as Maureen’s presentation continues to become more challenging. I don’t think she knows who I am and she wants nothing to do with the meal I’m preparing, despite it being … Continue reading

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Dementia: Mission Impossible

Some time ago Yvonna our pharmacist advised me to work on my DNA: to learn not to absorb when Mrs Dementia was at home.  When Mrs Dementia surfaced last night bad mouthing her mother and my inability to explain her … Continue reading

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Dementia: Bruised and Broken

Maureen has a black eye, extreme back pain and in the words of her son ‘has been broken’ by her spell in Ladysmith Road Care Home.  I am meeting the Manager on Monday to hear the results of her investigation … Continue reading

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