We were very fortunate yesterday to benefit find three missing links in our chain of support. Maureen’s presentation was stretching me to the limit in the morning and once again our Home Treatment Team came to my rescue. Marie arrived less than an hour after my request for support and was just what the Care Partner ordered. Within minutes of her arrival, she gave Maureen the psychological support that she has been craving for quite some time.
My sister and her husband arrived as Marie was leaving. I saw her out to her car, thanked her for her timely intervention and hopefully set up further visits.
Jill and Rob carried on Marie’s good work. During the four hours that they were here, their thoughtful behaviour helped Maureen to enjoy a lovely afternoon. She walked and talked arm in arm with Jill for over a mile following a lovely lunch brought all the way from Coventry.
I have encouraged Jill and Rob to leave us to it today. Maureen will be tired after such an eventful Saturday and will probably rest for most of today. However, yesterday fills me with optimism that we have stumbled across just what we need: ongoing support from Marie, and visitors who are dementia friendly, come in small numbers, and feed us into the bargain!
We both slept well last night; sharing the same bed for most of the time. Whenever Maureen woke up distressed by her thoughts I was able to offer immediate comfort and we both slipped back into sleep. As always, I couldn’t offer any meaningful solution to Maureen ‘wanting her mum’ but holding her hand and saying positive things about someone I had never met seemed to do the trick. What a difference it would make to our lives if we could get such good rest every night: that would be a find worth its weight in gold!