The last time Maureen was in Ashgrove Care Home she did a runner. When the fire alarm went off she hopped it and was reported to police looking at flowers in a local resident’s garden. I received a phone call within minutes of this happening. I was soon informed when she was safely back behind lock and key. This is rather different to how Ladysmith Road deal with significant incidents.
Although you don’t expect to hear the that your wife has escaped from a secure unit it didn’t worry me too much. A few weeks earlier she had walked out of Royal Court Care Home: she picked the lock on a patio gate.
Maureen has hopped it several times from under my watchful eye. However, she doesn’t wander; she either goes looking for me when she has forgotten where I am or takes off if I have upset her.
From what I have seen Ashgrove are as good as it gets for a Care Home. In Special Measures a short while ago they now provide sound person-centred care. There is no doubt that the newly built extension would get a higher star rating once it is opened but it is exclusively for residents with dementia. At this point in time, Maureen is better off in a Care Home environment.
Yesterday I managed to have a helpful chat with Karen from the Home Treatment Team. We talked far and wide about how things had been here and the possible ways forward. Karen encouraged me to focus on the best interest of Maureen and me as a couple.
It is reassuring to know Maureen in safe hands with people I trust. This gives me an opportunity to explore the best way forward for the next stage of our journey: more of the same is no longer an option!