Dementia: Person-Centred Care Personified

I arrived at Maureen’s Care Home this morning to find her with a black eye, a cut on her nose and pains in her back.  Her account of what happened does not tally with the information I was given by care staff.  When I attended Maureen’s Review Meeting I was told she has moderate to severe dementia and staying in the home could exacerbate  challenges from her presntation..

Maureen is now home and sleeping on our sofa with the blessing of the Home Treatment Team.  It will take me a while to secure a Care Package to protect our well-being: getting Maureen home has been the priority.

For years we have not bought each other birthday presents as our motto is ‘ your presence is my present’.  On Maureen’s 78th birthday today’s action may just take the biscuit and she has just had four with her ‘first decent cup of tea for days’!

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About Remember Me

I am a retired adult educator. My wife had a stroke in February 2014 and now has mixed dementia. Her recovery from stroke has been exceptional apart from 50% loss of peripheral vision and vascular damage. 'Dharma For Dementia' is my approach to being Maureem's Care Partner: it aims to end the suffering of 'Prescribed Disengagement' (Swaffer) .
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