It is almost three days since I collected Maureen from her stay in Ashgrove Care Home and I still clearing up the mess. Thankfully, the visit of Rapid Response on Sunday night has faded in her memory as has the aroma in the bathroom. Most of the casualties from that little episode have been washed and are ready for use again. However, there remain several issues to clear up from our time apart:
- Clarifying how Maureen presented when she was in Ashgrove
- Establishing how Maureen came out of Ashgrove in such a poor state.
- Reclaiming certain items of missing clothing
- Seeking a refund from the provisional bill
Every time Maureen has been into Respite Care I seems to spend ages clearing up. Once again, I’m chasing my tail as I try to clear up issues that should never have happened in the first place. The whole process leaves me with real concerns about using Care Homes for a respite break in the future. It’s fortunate I’m meeting with my Admiral Nurse on Thursday and we can consider better ways forward for both of us!
At half-past five this morning I’m being stretched to the limit as Maureen tries to make sense of her world. She wonders where the others have gone and why she has been left here by herself? An offer of a cup of tea is not doing it this morning – all I can do is leave her to rant: good morning Mrs Dementia.
My call to Single Point of Access at 6.30 will lead to a referral to District Nurses so that Maureen’s bowel movements and skin condition can be kept under review. Once again, I count my lucky stars that we moved to North East Linconshire where there are systems in place to support those with dementia remaining in their own homes for as long as possible.
‘Sleeping Beauty’ has dropped off again and Susie is resting on the window sill. It’s a beautiful morning so I’m going to tidy up my vegetable plot and keep in touch with things upstairs via the baby monitor.
Heartbreaking: at 8 ‘o’ clock Maureen in tears as she grabs me as I return from our garage saying: ‘ I thought you’d left me’.