Tag Archives: Distress

Dementia: Home At Last

Maureen came home from the Konar Suite yesterday afternoon. I intend to spend a minimal amount of time on social media over the next few days. My priority is to help Maureen settle to being back home after being in an … Continue reading

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Dementia: Picking Your Battles

I have been waging a battle all week to get Maureen out of the Konar Suite ASAP.  It has disappointed me that she remains in an Acute Mental Health Unit a week after her assessment has been completed.  Patience does … Continue reading

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Dementia: I Need ‘A Fiver Deal’

When I was Supply Teaching in this area I heard from secondary school pupils how easy it was to get ‘a fiver deal’.  I got to know the names of local drug dealers and their patches. I know where to get … Continue reading

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Dementia: A Flaming Success

As you will see the Bonfire Party on the Konar Suite was a flaming success.  The food was exceptional: a real credit to the catering staff. My reservations about Maureen being assessed on the Konar Suite were ill-conceived.  They do … Continue reading

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Dementia: We Have It All

Maureen’s reality was palpable yesterday.  Even one of my One Pot Specials made little impact on being surrounded by Chinese people who have taken over her life.  She can’t understand most of them; as they shout out their instructions to her.  None … Continue reading

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Dementia: A Rapid Response

I became very concerned when I visited Maureen yesterday morning.  It didn’t worry when she told me she was waiting to tell her Aunty that she had dropped her son at school.   She was clearly delighted that she had solved the … Continue reading

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Dementia: Real Suffering Verses Compassion

Today’s Buddhist teaching has great relevance to my thoughts this morning: When I popped into Alderlea to warm Maureen’s toes yesterday she was sitting at a table, with a fellow resident, having breakfast.  I watched her for a while and … 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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Dementia: Reviewing The Situation

Maureen is very shaky this morning.  She is more confused than ever and unsteady on her feet.  A small amount of lorazepam has given her much needed rest and some respite from her delusions. I’m currently reviewing our situation.

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Dementia: Coaching Needed!

  A frequent lack of cognition, paranoia, hallucinations, and anger are now constant features of Maureen’s presentation.  Last night was a belter.  The old chestnut of finding the toilet and how to use it reappeared.  This was followed by a … Continue reading

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