Dementia: Off Her Trolley

Maureen’s recollection of how she gained black eyes and hurt her back is consistent: she ‘fell of a trolley that was travelling at speed’.  She recollects colliding with a door as she fell to the floor.  The Care Home says she fell out of bed and they found her lying on the floor.

Last night was another story of sleep deprivation with Maureen frequently waking up in pain from her injuries.  I doubt I have had more than two hours’ continuous sleep.  This has become a habit that is very dangerous for my well-being and ability to be a supportive Care Partner.  On a couple of occasions yesterday Maureen picked up on my snappy mode and reacted accordingly fuelling a fire of tension that I had lit.

The dangers of Carers Burnout are increasing in tandem with Maureen’s deterioration.  This situation cannot continue without a price that neither of us can afford being paid.  If action isn’t taken today the Best Interest Meeting will be academic, as the next stage of our journey will already have taken an unfortunate turning.  I will be in contact with Sue our Social Worker this morning to confirm to our Care Package for the coming weeks..


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