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    So nice to see you back, Margaret - I was...

    So nice to see you back, Margaret - I was thinking about you the other day - but sorry for the circumstances that have brought you back. I can imagine how you feel - each setback gives you a shock...
  2. Hallo Cate, I'm sorry to hear about your mother...

    Hallo Cate, I'm sorry to hear about your mother and also that she is young to be going through this. I am surprised that the nursing team haven't called in the SALT team (speech and language...
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    Funny I should just write this as, yesterday, I...

    Funny I should just write this as, yesterday, I was rung by my surgery to invite me for a health check up. I said, "Is it because of my age (I'm 61)?" and they said, "Yes, it's for people between 60...
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    Hallo, Lynne - I thought your post was very...

    Hallo, Lynne - I thought your post was very touching and it described very well what carers of AD sufferers all go through.

    I am not in the same situation as it is my elderly mother I care for and...
  5. Your father should still be getting Attendance...

    Your father should still be getting Attendance Allowance with the higher rate applied if he needs help at night. I live with my mother and she still receives this. I think, because I get Carer's...
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    This is from the point of view of a person who...

    This is from the point of view of a person who has kept their mother at home with limited mobility.

    She had a lumbar vertebral fracture in November, 2011. After trying to cope with her for a week...
  7. Thread: dla

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    Lottie, just a thought: for some more specialised...

    Lottie, just a thought: for some more specialised advice, is there a Mental Health Advocacy in your area? We have one in ours that helped with my brother's ESA Support claim.
  8. Thread: Holding on to Mum

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    Don't despair - it is good your mother is still...

    Don't despair - it is good your mother is still able to play different games with you. I think the incontinence at night must be getting you down. Could your mother have a commode to save her...
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    My Mum didn't fall out of bed but she had trouble...

    My Mum didn't fall out of bed but she had trouble getting in and out, as others have said. The OT supplied something called a "bed loop" which has handles at the top of the bed and would help...
  10. Thread: Medication?

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    What sort of patches are you talking about,...

    What sort of patches are you talking about, Trace? My Mum has Fentanyl painkilling patches and it is vital that these are kept on and changed every 3 days. If you're talking about patches for...
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    There are a whole series of these with useful...

    There are a whole series of these with useful items pictured by Susan Thomas:-
    ...
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    How about these for foreign language students:- ...

    How about these for foreign language students:-

    http://www.foreignlanguageflashcards.com/language/english-as-a-second-language-esl

    Or google "flashcards" on Amazon. You can buy blank ones and...
  13. My mother is 90 but she enjoys the music of the...

    My mother is 90 but she enjoys the music of the 60s which she heard when we were young (I'm 61, my brother is 59). She really doesn't like Vera Lynn and wartime music or the 50s music very much so...
  14. Thread: Big move

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    Hallo Denise, I thought I would respond as you...

    Hallo Denise, I thought I would respond as you have not had any replies yet, but I would caution that I am no expert.

    As your father lacks capacity, any decision made about his future must be made...
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    I wonder if this is part of the NHS Health Checks...

    I wonder if this is part of the NHS Health Checks for people aged 40 -74 where you are given an MOT and your risks for certain conditions are assessed. It may be that the MMSE test is offered to...
  16. Yes, you just measure your stride and then...

    Yes, you just measure your stride and then multiply it by the number of paces you've walked.

    Is the folding chair quite lightweight?
  17. I am glad to hear you are able to walk as far as...

    I am glad to hear you are able to walk as far as you do with your wife, stanleypj. Is the folding chair made like a shooting stick? I have seen them sold at the National Trust shops and wondered if...
  18. Thread: Rigid Limbs?

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    Following on from what Saffie has said, I...

    Following on from what Saffie has said, I recently asked the chiropodist (who cuts Mum's fingernails as well as her toe nails) why her nails appeared to be brown. She said that this was caused by...
  19. Thread: Rigid Limbs?

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    I've done the same as nitram and bought Mum...

    I've done the same as nitram and bought Mum nighties with button through fronts - I had to search on Amazon for them as her arms were too stiff and rigid to get into armholes easily. Better still,...
  20. Thread: Rigid Limbs?

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    I found this on the internet which explains what...

    I found this on the internet which explains what a contracture is:-

    A contracture is a chronic loss of joint motion caused by shortening of a muscle or tendon. In late stage Alzheimer’s disease,...
  21. Thread: Rigid Limbs?

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    Hallo mrsapple (what a nice name!), I think this...

    Hallo mrsapple (what a nice name!), I think this is called "contractures". My Mum has been immobile in bed for a year and she cannot move her legs by herself anymore. I think it must be something...
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    For planned outings - say 2 or 3 hours - could...

    For planned outings - say 2 or 3 hours - could you not use a sitting service? In our area we have Carewatch. All carers are entitled to 30 hours' care free per year and, after that, you can have a...
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    Would your husband accept sitters? In our area...

    Would your husband accept sitters? In our area we have Carewatch. Carers can have 30 hours' care free per year and then, if needed get a further 30 hours on "prescription" from a GP or district...
  24. In my mother's case, this form (the Assessment of...

    In my mother's case, this form (the Assessment of Capacity) was filled in by her memory specialist. I will look and see what it said - need to dig it out. Which particular questions do you think...
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    Your Mum will have to be assessed by the hospital...

    Your Mum will have to be assessed by the hospital social worker and occupational therapist as well as the medical team before she is discharged. They will want to make sure the right arrangements...
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