Dementia: The Comedy of Errors

I think I may have been a tad liberal with the title of this post: farce is nearer to the mark.  When I was putting away the notes from the carer’s sit yesterday I found a Temporary Care Plan tucked into the folder of our normal Care Agency.  The worrying thing about this sheet of paper was that Kat the Senior Care Worker had filled out this pro forma with the comment that Maureen had mild cognitive impairment.

I was a little taken aback on Tuesday when Doctor Kokton diagnosed moderate to severe dementia .  What I find extremely concerning is that a Senior can pop in here for ten minutes or so and arrive at a very different diagnosis.  She also had the luxury of meeting and getting the low-down from Chloe our most experienced carer.   It is fortunate that Sarah did not read this unhelpful sheet of paper and tried to weigh up the situation herself.

The whole episode yesterday was a farce with Maureen continuing to think that some carers are here to check up on us.  This is a reasonable conclusion to come to when you are on the end of a battery of questions.

Sunday is a day of rest with carers banished from the house.  If anyone else rings up to come today the fabrication will continue: we’re going out!


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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