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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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Dementia: ‘You Are My Hero’

Maureen spent most of yesterday on the attack, today she is full of gratitude.  My status yesterday was Zeo today it’s Hero.  Thankfully, I knew that constipation was the real villain: creating dramatic changes in Maureen’s presentation. Unfortunately, we are … Continue reading

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Dementia: DNA And Aggression

Early this morning I have relied heavily on the advice of our local Pharmacist.  She told me shortly after Maureen’s diagnosis of dementia: Do Not Absorb any insults when she is in a combative mode.  She certainly ‘had one on her’ at 1.30 … Continue reading

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Dementia: Compassionate Carers

I am frequently overwhelmed by the dedication and compassion of Maureen’s carers. When I called into Alderlea Care Home yesterday several members of staff asked me how she was doing.  People I had never met before were genuinely interested in … Continue reading

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