Dementia: Dealing With The Care Crisis

 

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Yesterday Susan Macaulay asked a very pertinent question:

Renovations are stressful for anyone – living with dementia or not. I’m wondering what the purpose of this reno is…? Not that it seems it can be stopped now, in mid stream 😦’

I’m sure this is a question that is on the tip of the tongue of many of my followers.  There are two simple reasons for the renovations that are taking place:

  1. To protect Maureen’s Best Interests.
  2. To attempt to address the crisis in Social Care.

Some time ago a decision was made that it was in Maureen’s Best Interest for her to remain at home.  Therefore, I decided our house needed renovation to ensure it was adequate for all future eventualities.

The local crisis in Social Care grows as the year progresses.  Our Main Care Agency had a 48% turn around in staff last year.  They are forever short of staff and making unreasonable demands on carers:  one of our ‘Girls’ is six months pregnant and it is not unusual for her to work an 11-hour shift without a break with no time for travel between calls.  This Agency recruited 8 additional staff a couple weeks ago and 7 of them have now left.

Within Residential Care, it is the same story: a shortage of staff and high turnover of personnel.  Last week I enquired how things were at a Care Home where Maureen had stayed in the past and was told by an ex-member of staff ‘they have all left’.  A familiar tale of staff following their Managers who attempt to move on to better things at neighbouring homes.

Having a Sun Room along with a self-contained shower room will give all sorts of options for the future.  It will make it easier for family members or live in carers to stay and provide the support. that both of us are likely to need in the future.

‘Rain stopped play’ on the Building Site yesterday and gave us both a much-needed break from the stress of renovations.  If the weather forecast is right our Sun Room will really take shape in the next week as the shell of the building will be completed and watertight.  Although yesterday’s deluge would have tested any building!

Thank you for raising questions about the renovations Susan and I hope I am covering as many bases as possible as the crisis in Social Care progresses by the day.  I’m sure if I have overlooked anything kind readers of this Blog will let me know!

Maureen is in good form this morning waving, singing and clapping after every tune on YouTube.  It’s still pouring down so I just had to play this one:

Hey, Kate Swaffer I know you are a big fan of Willie but do you know who is playing the piano on this number?

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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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4 Responses to Dementia: Dealing With The Care Crisis

  1. AmazingSusan says:

    aha. now it all makes sense.

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  2. dbb34 says:

    How they will react cannot be predicted. After the earthquakes Mum’s home was badly damaged. There were huge disruptions continuing on for ages. I was truly worried and expected mum to be very distressed. First day I found Mum in her element. She wasn’t at all in me, her granddaughter or her great grand children. She was fascinated by all the workmen. I think Mum thought they were their for her enjoyment. In each crew were Those familiar with Alzheimer’s. While they were working they chatted (or flirted with) the residents. Is was great to see as all the residents enjoyed having them around dispite the disruption and the noise!

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  3. dbb34 says:

    Sorry, a few errors in the above comment, I should have checked it before posting.

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