Dementia: Showing Gratitude

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One of my fellow Bloggers has taught me the importance of Showing Gratitude.  Jen does it on most days through her Blog and Facebook page.  Her posts are an inspiration showing how to be positive, and grateful, even in the face of adversity.  I am very grateful to Jen for teaching me this important lesson.

I now have 48 hours to decide how many nominations to make in the local CCG’s annual Health and Social Care Awards:  I’m spoiled for choice – thankfully there are 13 categories.  I firmly believe it is important to acknowledge the quality of dementia services available in this area. The excellent support I received yesterday gives a glimpse of what is on offer.

I phoned our Medical Centre before nine, had a response before ten and saw our G P before three.  This was a continuation of the excellent support we always receive from all staff at Clee Medical Centre.  Dr Munjal addressed my health concerns and made arrangements to continue his thoughtful support of Maureen, who was too cold to accompany me to the appointment.

My scheduled meeting with Mel, my Admiral Nurse, allowed me to explore several matters.  Mel’s ongoing message ‘to look after me’ was carefully put, along with an exploration of current issues with Maureen’s presentation.

I received a telephone call in the afternoon from Occupational Therapy who were offering to meet Maureen and suggest activities that might be of interest.  Following some discussion about our experiences at Singing For The Brain I suggested that intervention by Support Workers from the local Alzheimer’s Society might be more appropriate.  A couple of hours later I managed to speak with Holly one of the Support Workers and she and her colleague will be calling in to meet us next Wednesday.

Following our evening meal and Maureen in good voice to the Sound of Music on the record player, I caught up with my Email.  I was pleased to receive a response from Christine, Head of Casework from Focus Adult Social Care, (still on duty after 7 pm) to acknowledge my gratitude for the intervention of her staff on Monday evening.

As the evening progressed I always knew that support was available long into the night.  Focus Adult Social Care never shut up shop and all I ever need to do is ring 256256 and advice and support will be at hand.  In addition, once the Home Treatment Team sign off at 10 pm I can always get specialist advice from mental health staff on the Konar Suite.

I am very grateful for the range of provision in this area, and the professionalism of staff as they attempt to provide support to those who are dealing with dementia 24/7.  It is such a shame that other areas of the country have such limited resources available to support those who are facing a similar journey to ours.


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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3 Responses to Dementia: Showing Gratitude

  1. Diane Brooks says:

    Wow what fantastic support. How wonderful that you are able to access this 24/7. I am sure that it gives you a lot of confidence in your journey. Travel well.

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  2. I totally agree. There is such a postcode lottery where support and care provision is concerned and it is so so wrong. I am truly pleased that you have such a strong support network, but saddened that others still have to fight for the basics. All good wishes to you x x


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