Carers Assessment Needed
Maureen’s presentation continues to become increasingly challenging. She is now very distressed if I am out of sight; often believing that she has been locked in the house and left alone. On occasions she will forget where I am and leave the house in a bid to find me. She has been extremely tired in the last few days and spends a lot of her time sleeping on the sofa. Tests results should be back today and reveal if an infection is making life even more challenging for her.
I had given up trying to persuade Maureen to move from the sofa to the bedroom at night. After last night’s performance I doubt I will try to move her again. When she is sleeping on the sofa the Baby Monitor usually wakes me well after midnight and with luck I manage to encourage her to join me in the marital bed. However when my deep sleep is interrupted I find it difficult to nod off again and exhaustion follows.
Maureen is really struggling to know how to pass time; she has no hobbies and restricts her activities to minor household duties. She can no longer read and gets little enjoyment from watching T V. On some days she will respond well to my performance as a DJ and spend a considerable amount of time singing along to her favourite music.
Despite the warmer weather it is not easy to persuade Maureen to take exercise. She often complains that her leg hurts, she has no suitable clothing or is simply too tired to go out.
A Carers Assessment is needed to take account of changes in Maureen’s presentation and Luton have helpfully summarised the key issues: