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Dementia: Coming Home

  It is now a week since Maureen’s discharge from the Konar Suite.  She is beginning to settle down to being back home after three weeks in an Acute Mental Health Unit.  Just as her Consultant stressed her presentation is subject … Continue reading

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Dementia: Reality Check

On Saturday morning I received a copy of the assessments that had taken place to determine Maureen’s mental capacity.  These documents make sobering reading.   They are a stark reminder that Maureen no longer has any concept of person, place or time.  … Continue reading

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Dementia: Kindness and Compassion

Today’s teaching from Dekyong is very appropriate: When I called in to see Maureen yesterday morning she was fast asleep in bed. She looked so peaceful that I saw no point in waking her. A member of staff suggested that I … Continue reading

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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: Konar – It’s A Kind Of Magic!

When I arrived to visit Maureen yesterday morning a member of staff said you should see your ‘Polynesian Princess today’.  When I saw her looking stunning and happily singing along to the background music I realised I had been on … 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: 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: 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: Battling Giants

I got a distinct feeling that I was ‘Battling Giants’ yesterday – a position that Gladwell explores in his book ‘David & Goliath -Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants’.   In my early dealings with staff at the Konar … 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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