Dementia: Playing My Cards Right

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Once again I want to put on record the excellent support we receive from Focus Adult Social Work.  In the last few months, Gary our social worker has worked tirelessly to update our Support Plans to reflect our current situation.  That work has now been completed along with sorting out the annual direct payment that is generously provided in this area.

Gary and I will be meeting with our Care Agencies early next month to ensure that their Care Plans have been updated.  This will also be an opportunity to discuss the need for continuity of carers and appropriate recording of Maureen’s presentation.

We are also hoping that our efforts to get Maureen psychological support will come to fruition at a meeting that is taking place on Friday.  The Home Treatment Team always come to our aid in a crisis but we are requesting  ongoing support from a named professional.

Our day went well yesterday with Dianne, refreshed from her holiday in Portugal, putting in a great shift.  Maureen was a revelation in her company responding well to Dianne’s interventions.  I was happy to leave them and pop out to the shops: such a relief that she was in safe hands after an unfortunate experience on Tuesday.

Clarice Maureen’s aunt visited in the afternoon.  There is always laughter in the house when those two get together as they reminisce about the good old days.  Yesterday was no exception and we took up Clarice’s offer of a cup of tea when we returned her home and the girls ‘continued to yarn’ .

After tea, I got out a pack of cards and played Patience as Maureen sat alongside me on the sofa.  She watched intensely as I failed to complete the game after several attempts.  I’m tempted to build card playing into our evening routine and persuade  Maureen into the game – she has often told me that she was a great fan of Clock Patience when she was younger.

My lesson from yesterday is to stick with my patience and continue to play my cards right.

 

 

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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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