Dementia: Whatever Happened To Positive Risk Taking?

 

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The Local Authority has made an application to the Court of Protection to allow me to deprive Maureen of her liberty.  I guess if I don’t complete the requisite paperwork they will claim she is no longer safe in my hands and lock her away in a Care Home.

I am as keen as anyone else that Maureen is safe.  However, I wonder what has happened to the idea of positive risk-taking?

Maureen’s presentation fluctuates and on good days she is as sharp as a tack.  If she begins to see me as her goaler that is yet another nail in the coffin of our relationship!

I also do not accept that the local community is a dangerous place: quite the opposite.  Our neighbourhood is full of people who look out for Maureen and many kind souls have brought her back home when she has asked for help.

I’m sure that there could be another way.  New technology offers all sorts of options to keep Maureen safe in the community.  IMHO having the right to deprive Maureen of her liberty is a retrograde step on the path to Kate Swaffer’s Prescribed Disengagement!

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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6 Responses to Dementia: Whatever Happened To Positive Risk Taking?

  1. anniegoose says:

    o wow paul! what led to all of this happening?

    blessings

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  2. The answer is more Dementia friendly communities, not isolating people who have excellent carers. You are doing a great job Paul – keep fighting the fight!

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  3. Melody Parshall says:

    Unfortunately the Local Authority has a subjective view/opinion. If one from their organization were to be with the two of you, in your community, for a week or so the benefits of her being with you in a familiar community would be clear. Once we put a loved one with dementia in unfamiliar surroundings with strangers a severe decline begins.

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