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Dementia: The Aftermath Of Respite

It is almost three days since I collected  Maureen from her stay in Ashgrove Care Home and I still clearing up the mess.  Thankfully, the visit of Rapid Response on Sunday night has faded in her memory as has the aroma … Continue reading

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Dementia: Dementia Awareness Week

As a contribution to Dementia Awareness Week I ‘m submitting this short piece to Dementia UK for possible publication: Admiral Nurses: Rescue Rangers Any diagnosis of dementia for your loved one is frightening.  When it’s vascular it’s terrifying as there … Continue reading

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Dementia: Real Respite At Last?

I spent a considerable part of last week trying to find a suitable place for Maureen to go while I have a much-needed break.  During this time Maureen’s Care Coordinator said to me something along the lines that ‘I wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Dementia: Respite At Last!

Maureen has now spent her second night at Homefield House.  It was no simple matter to get her there: it was 4 ‘o’ clock on Wednesday before we were able to persuade her to put her foot in the door. … Continue reading

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Dementia: Respite In A Care Home – No Thanks!

If none of our local Care Agencies can provide staffing for a 72 hour period then an option would be to put Maureen in a Care Home for Respite. The article below, which I have reproduced with the with the … Continue reading

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Dementia: One Small Step

The decision at yesterday’s Best Interest Meeting represents one small step in maintaining Maureen’s wish to remain at home and mine to have a life outside of being her Care Partner.  Our Key Worker is now charged with putting additional care … Continue reading

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10 Lessons from People l/w Dementia

Originally posted on From Outside The Mall:
I love my job. It fulfills me because I can give and receive in equal measure. In general, people assume that the lives of those living with dementia are somehow less than those who…

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Dementia: Twelve Hours To Go

I’m hoping for the green light at 2 pm: news that following assessment, Waltham House (‘A Caring Home’) feel they can meet Maureen’s needs.  The prospect of a week off duty is keeping me going at a time when it … Continue reading

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Dementia: Action Man Returns

Maureen often asks me: ‘what’s the plan Action Man?’  So I took on the mantel yesterday in an attempt to move things in a positive direction. Once it was confirmed that Maureen had a UTI  I  encouraged the Practice Nurse to outline … Continue reading

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Dementia: Feeling Neglected and Stupid

Several people heard Maureen giving it to me yesterday and a common response was ‘I can hear what you are up against.’  I appreciate their empathy but they have no idea what it has been like lately: particularly during Storm Maureen. What … Continue reading

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