Dementia: Post Respite Syndrome

I beginning to wonder if  ‘Post Respite Syndrome’ is inevitable as things never seem to go well after Maureen has been in a Care Home.  In fact, little has gone in our favour since she has been back home.  It took almost a week before the toxic impact of constipation moved out of our household. Then we haven’t seen any of our regular carers during the lately: no wonder personal care and changing clothes has gone out of the window.  The only exception being that Maureen’s is now wearing her  PJ’s inside out!

Maureen has been sleeping a lot since her return home.  My sleep has been chaotic, to put it mildly.  We have rarely ventured out together, so our trips to the local shops for cognitive stimulation in the community have been minimal. visits from family members in the last week have not gone well.   It took quite some time before hostilities came to an end when one of Maureen’s sons visited last Sunday.  A long awaited visit of her favourite granddaughter on Thursday was tinged with sadness as Maureen seemed extremely unsettled and wandered around like a lost sheep for a lot of the time.

Visits from family members in the last week have not gone well.   It took quite some time before hostilities came to an end when one of Maureen’s sons visited last Sunday.  A long awaited visit of her favourite granddaughter on Thursday was tinged with sadness as Maureen seemed extremely unsettled and wandered around like a lost sheep for a lot of the time.

I’m hoping that Girl Saturday will be able to work her magic this morning with Maureen spruced up and my dinner on the table when I return from basking in the warmth of the Spa at the Leisure Centre.  Perhaps, the equivalent of a delivery of ready-mix concrete, just as our builders had yesterday, would provide us with the foundations to move us on from ‘Post Respite Syndrome’ in the following week:

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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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