Monthly Archives: January 2017

Dementia: Transformed by Bocelli and Brightman

Maureen was really upset when she woke this morning.  She was very concerned that ‘the lady she had been looking after was cold’ and was hunting around for extra bedding.  At first, I thought she was talking about her mum … Continue reading

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Dementia: An Early Morning Tornado

I was taken by surprise at 5.30 am when the tornado struck with Mrs Dementia blazing with all barrels.  My instructions were quite clear: ‘to get my things out of her room’.  Along with her husband, she had paid for the front … Continue reading

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Dementia: Five Hours of Fascination

Maureen has just treated me to five hours of fascination.  She woke shortly after midnight after dozing from early evening.  At first, she was rather hostile towards me until she warmed and shared her thoughts on how she sees things. … Continue reading

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Dementia: Another Great Carer On Board

Girl every other Saturday is here again for her second visit.  She is another excellent addition to our team of carers.  I was so pleased when she knocked at the door as I am in considerable pain today in my … Continue reading

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Dementia: Compassion and Fear

On Wednesday I received the sad news that a neighbour had passed away.  I delayed telling Maureen the news until the next day, as I feared it would cause a certain amount of distress.  Once again I was wrong as Maureen … Continue reading

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Dementia: Positive Changes

I have made some significant changes in my approach to being Maureen’s Care Partner: I’m no longer going to make my escape as soon as carers arrive on our doorstep.  Our ‘Girls’ as Maureen calls them need to be seen as … Continue reading

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Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? Or Dorothy for that matter

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VReflections on patient-NHS partnership working I’ve been to a workshop today to talk about revolutionising (or do I mean achieving?) real patient-staff partnership working in the NHS. Oh it was so refreshing and energising to…

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Dementia: ‘It Is Worth It!’

Maureen was complaining this morning that ‘leaded windows make this place seem like a prison’.  When I suggested that we could change them she said ‘it was not worth it’.  Her comment led me to think what is worth trying … Continue reading

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Dementia: No Room At The Inn

We had a stroke of luck on Friday morning when there was no room at the Inn.  A nearby Care Home determined that they would be unable to take Maureen for Day Care or Respite as they felt they were … Continue reading

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Dementia: A Star Appears

I know it’s a little late for this analogy but a star has appeared in our sky of carer support. Girl Friday Night arrived at 10 pm she will be going home at 7 am.  Maureen and I have the sleep … Continue reading

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