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Emails between friends

This week I was asked to provide some information about one of DAI’s founding members, the late Richard Taylor Ph.D. I headed to my files (word and emails) simply titled: Richard Taylor. It was an opportunity to reflect when not feeling…

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Dementia: Dealing With The Machine

A family member reminded me yesterday that ‘we are dealing with the machine’.  The driver of the machine is the Mental Capacity Act.  It leads to a tick box culture that has little to do with person-centered care. Maureen remains in an Acute … Continue reading

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Dementia: No Medication Needed

Maureen’s period of assessment has now been completed.  Her Consultant has concluded that no medication is needed at the moment and her fluctuating presentation is to be expected.  The Best Interest meeting that is scheduled for next Friday will determine … Continue reading

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Dementia: Sprouts and Parsnips Pay Dividends

  With the approval of staff on the Konar Suite, I decided to take ‘Sunday Lunch’ in for Maureen yesterday.  The look on her face when she saw sprouts and roast parsnips on her plate was a delight.  She thoroughly … Continue reading

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Dementia: Sent To Coventry

Maureen continues to be uncooperative with the regime in the Konar Suite. She has ‘sent the medical staff to Coventry’  and refused an ECG yesterday. Perhaps, this is part of her strategy to get back home to the Midlands. She … Continue reading

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Dementia: Comin’ In and Out of Your Life

The number of the week has always been one of our special songs:   With Maureen in a Care Home and about to be moved to an Acute Mental Health Unit (Konar Suite) in a couple of hours Barbara Streisand … Continue reading

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Dementia: The Tipping Point

I’m sure some readers of this Blog wonder what led me to change my mind about Care Homes and the Konar Suite?  Why had someone who hardly has a good word to say about Care Homes and was unconvinced about … Continue reading

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Its the job, stupid

Originally posted on george rook:
Does dementia matter? I am increasingly annoyed about why the majority of clinical staff do not see that caring for dementia is part of the job. It’s as if… no, it really is that they…

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Dementia: The Only Protection Is Dharma

Today’s Buddhist lesson is about protecting the mind: I need some protection from the night-time routine as it was a problem again last night.  My painful shoulder was a reminder to proceed with caution so I backed off and took to the … Continue reading

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Dementia: Medication Is Not The Solution

Posted at 3 am: My early morning greeting from Maureen was not easy to handle.  She woke after we had both had a couple of hours rest wanting to go to the toilet.  I tried to direct her without success … Continue reading

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