I realise I am very fortunate with the level of support I get in my role as a Care Partner for Maureen. Today is equivalent to a BOGOF with a NHS appointment. What’s he on about now you might ask? Well ‘hold your horses’: I’m going to tell.
This morning I have an appointment with the therapist at our Medical Centre. I see Paul every 6 weeks or so following depressive episodes a few years ago. I have mentioned on several occasions how Paul has taught me to think my way out of depression. The BOGOF comes in because Paul initial training was as a Mental Health Nurse and he spent the early part of his professional life work on a dementia ward in a hospital.
Paul has a radical approach to mental health and how to supported a loved one with dementia. His simple message to Care Partners is: ‘seek to minimise distress’.
Then health risks associated with being a Care Partner are well documented. I am very fortunate that I have the opportunity to discuss my well-being with someone who understands dementia from a theoretical and practical perspective: BOGOF indeed!