As the Baby Alarm came alive at 4.30 am this morning I responded promptly to Maureen’s plea for help. She had woken earlier at 3 am needing a drink and I had gone upstairs to read a novel: my latest solution to inducing further sleep.
It is disappointing that after two nights of good sleep we are back on familiar territory. Yesterday’s assessment by our social worker has triggered another night of disturbed sleep. Maureen found Gary’s assessment disturbing; worrying that they are going to put her in a Care Home again.
I sat in for the majority of the assessment. My conclusion is that the process may serve the needs of social services but it inevitably causes distress for the subject. In my opinion the assessment is relatively pointless: a snapshot infected by inevitable confabulation.
No wonder Maureen is scared this morning: feeling that an authority figure is conspiring to lock her way again ! It is disappointing that my priority to minimise Maureen’s distress is being undermined by a bureaucratic need to carry out meaningless assessments.