Dementia: I Got Them Off!

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I’m counting my blessings following some positive developments this week, culminating in ‘getting them off Maureen’ this morning.

Our New Girls are both excellent additions to our team of carers and our Agencies are on board with sending the same people each week.  Our builders are making good progress and scaffolding is now a feature of our back garden.  Any fears about the impact of the work on Maureen have been dispelled as her interest has grown with workmen being around.  In house ‘building stimulation therapy’ goes on throughout the day with benefits to us all: stimulation for Maureen and a greater understanding of dementia for our builders.

Our New Girls are both excellent additions to our team of carers and our Agencies are on board with sending the same people each week.  The builders are making good progress and scaffolding is now a feature of our back garden.  Any fears about the impact of the work on Maureen have been dispelled as her interest has grown with workmen being around.  In house ‘building stimulation therapy’ goes on throughout the day with benefits to us all: stimulation for Maureen and a greater understanding of dementia for our builders.

As a Care Partner for someone with vascular dementia you are always walking a tightrope: ‘you think you’ve got it then it changes’ as Maureen’s Care Coordinator often said.  Girl Thursday found herself in that position yesterday just as she was about to ease Maureen into the shower she backed out.  I managed to carry on her sterling efforts early this morning and ‘got them off, Maureen’. and accompanied her into the shower.

Many thanks to all those people who suggested how to resolve Maureen’s reluctance to take a shower and change her clothes: particularly The Dementia Sherpa. – one of her suggestions was the turning point in bringing this long running saga to a positive conclusion.  There is also a helpful article in the Alzheimer’s Reading Room on how to deal with a reluctance to take a shower.

It’s Maureen’s birthday on Wednesday and I’m really not sure how to celebrate the passing of another year.  As always she would prefer spending the day quietly together.  It is reassuring that family accepts that now dementia is a factor they need to be circumspect about how they handle her special day.

Today’s Good Music page expresses my gratitude to those who have helped us to have a good week.  Who better to express our thanks than The Scaffold!

Footnote: Maureen took off her own socks and as things developed this morning!

 

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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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2 Responses to Dementia: I Got Them Off!

  1. AmazingSusan says:

    And what, pray tell, were the successful shower strategies?

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