Tag Archives: Respite

Dementia: The Road To Antipsychotics

  Your husband has Alzheimer’s. You receive little support. You are worn out. You put your husband into Respite Care. He has no idea where he is. He goes into a woman’s bedroom thinking it is you. He responds physically when a … Continue reading

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Dementia: Now I Understand!

  I visited my mum and brother again yesterday afternoon.  Mum was such good fun as we sang along to YouTube together.  I fed our kid his evening meal and he rewarded me with some beautiful smiles. There is little doubt that … Continue reading

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Dementia: Grugging Is Back!

As you will see from the photo above grugging – group hugging – is once again firmly established as an ongoing Retreat at Madhyamaka.  I encouraged Gen Togden, the Resident Teacher here, to demonstrate the technique after lunch yesterday. Shortly afterwards, … Continue reading

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Dementia: Madhyamaka Is Amazing

I had a really good day yesterday.  Taking Precepts at 7am. was a really helpful start to my day.  The teaching on my Retreat continues to be excellent; provoking me to think about how to move my mind in a positive … Continue reading

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Dementia: Heeding Wise Counsel

I eventually let my head rule my heart yesterday morning.  Once again our Key Worker kept me on the straight and narrow and eased Maureen into Alderlea Care Home.  He remains the only professional who Maureen remembers and trusts! Now I’m … Continue reading

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Dementia: I’m Tempted To Go For It!

  Maureen has been incredible over the last three days.  Our Little Diamond has worked tirelessly on my daily shopping list of activities.  I’m beginning to wonder if she has been using laughing gas as hysterics greet me when I return from … Continue reading

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Dementia: ‘You Need More Help Than That!’

  Sometimes it takes a complete stranger to confront you with the shortcomings of your situation.  When I told a nurse at Grimsby Hospital yesterday morning about the level of carer support that we receive she said: ‘you need more … Continue reading

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Dementia: Magic Moments

The last few days have been sprinkled with Magic Moments: My visit to Coventry got off to a lovely start.  Seeing mum smiling, singing and tapping her feet when I played her some of her favourite tunes on my phone brought … Continue reading

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Dementia: What’s Good For The Cat!

  It is always good when you have placed a loved one in a Care Home to hear that they have settled.  During my time at Madhyamaka, I phoned up Alderlea Care Home several times to hear such reassuring words.  However, … Continue reading

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Dementia: Never Give Up

I have so many things to thank my cyber friend Kate Swaffer for. Making me aware of this video is something else I want to hug her for:   Maureen went into Alderlea Care Home for a Respite Break yesterday. I’ll … Continue reading

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