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Dementia: I’m Not To Talk About It

Maureen has now been declared fit for discharge from the Konar Suite The Multi-Disciplinary Team agreed yesterday that it was in her Best Interest to come home: subject to a robust Care Package being put in place. I now have to learn … 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: Taking A Break

When you  are exhausted and your wife says to you: ‘I don’t know who I am. I don’t know where I am and I don’t know what is going on.’ It’s time to take a break to give yourself time … Continue reading

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Dementia: No Pain No Gain

Posted at 5.30 am – a further post is likely later. There is little doubt that living on a Building Site is continuing to distress Maureen.  She made that clear when I eventually got her home yesterday by asking me ‘when … Continue reading

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Dementia: Facing Reality

I felt tired and completely overwhelmed by our situation yesterday.  Throughout the day I struggled to cope with my environment.  Maureen’s presentation fluctuated at such a rate that at one stage I doubted who I was and where I lived. … Continue reading

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Dementia: Having It Off

After a very disturbed night, at silly ‘o’clock, I have decided to have a day off. Girl Sunday will cook today’s lunch and it’s ready made pizza for tea. All social media is being switched off for the next 24 hours. I’m … Continue reading

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Dementia: Seeking Firmer Ground

It has taken our builders a couple of weeks to prepare the ground for our Day Room.  The footings have now been dug, the concrete poured, and bricklaying will begin in earnest today.  As I have watched their painstaking work I … Continue reading

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Dementia: Special Measures

  On Thursday things went from bad to worse as the day progressed:  Girl Thursday advised me it was her last shift as she needed to change her working hours. The Alzheimer’s Society told me that I would no longer … Continue reading

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Dementia: Post Respite Syndrome

I beginning to wonder if  ‘Post Respite Syndrome’ is inevitable as things never seem to go well after Maureen has been in a Care Home.  In fact, little has gone in our favour since she has been back home.  It … Continue reading

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Dementia: Care Homes -The Futility Of Inspection

The following article is reprinted with the kind permission of Roy Lilley: ‘Once again the utter pointlessness of the CQC is exposed.  Once again the futility of inspectionproved right. Once again Andrea Sutcliffe, the care-home inspector, is doing the rounds of the … Continue reading

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