Dementia: Seeking An Assessment

 It took me 12 hours yesterday to determine who had come to Maureen’s rescue at 5 am on Sunday morning.  As I was watering our front garden Dennis stopped by on his bike and mentioned that he was the kind soul that had seen her safely back home.  He lives 5 doors away and found Maureen ringing his doorbell saying she had been locked out.

The worrying aspect of this incident is that Maureen didn’t know who Dennis was when he popped to say hello as she sat in the garden yesterday afternoon.  After he had gone she asked me how I knew him because she didn’t know who he was.  In fact she had told me that Mike our neighbour had come to her rescue and I knew he was in hospital following a heart attack.

My concerns about Maureen’s functional capacity grew later in the evening.  As she tidied up the washing on the line she put 9 pegs on one of her T Shirts and made several strange adjustments to other items on the line.  This remains one of her favourite tasks and her efforts have to be seen to be believed.

I am also concerned about Maureen’s emotional state with anxiety almost a constant feature of her presentation.  This morning she once again shared her fear of me getting fed up and leaving her.  She is also concerned about her energy levels and fears she will never have enough energy to enjoy her life again.

I managed to speak to the Home Treatment Team yesterday and they have agreed to liaise with our social worker to determine who is best placed to carry out an assessment of Maureen’s current presentation.


About Remember Me

I am a retired adult educator. My wife had a stroke in February 2014 and now has mixed dementia. Her recovery from stroke has been exceptional apart from 50% loss of peripheral vision and vascular damage. 'Dharma For Dementia' is my approach to being Maureem's Care Partner: it aims to end the suffering of 'Prescribed Disengagement' (Swaffer) .
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One Response to Dementia: Seeking An Assessment

  1. How awful for Maureen to be experiencing such terrible anxiety, and awful for you to see her experiencing it.


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