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    It sounds as if your husband could benefit from...

    It sounds as if your husband could benefit from something like a day centre. I think you would have to make a contribution to pay for his days spent there but they would pick him up and bring him...
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    I think the OP is referring to herself as a care...

    I think the OP is referring to herself as a care worker in a home for those with dementia. Correct me if I'm wrong. I would have thought that as a paid carer you have employment rights but also...
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    I think you are talking specifically about your...

    I think you are talking specifically about your own role as a "care worker"?

    You might find this helpful though it doesn't relate particularly to people working with dementia patients and is more...
  4. Thread: Need some advice

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    I don't understand how the falls issue could have...

    I don't understand how the falls issue could have been overlooked at the CHC funding meeting. Was the CH manager asked to produce their daily log to note how many times and at what times your Mum...
  5. Thread: Care home?

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    By Care Manager I think Izzie meant the manager...

    By Care Manager I think Izzie meant the manager of the private care agency who provide your Mum's care. She will have up-to-date information on your mother, gleaned from the notes the carers make...
  6. Moorcroft, there is a connection between memory...

    Moorcroft, there is a connection between memory loss and diabetes. The latter, if not controlled properly, can exacerbate the mental symptoms:-

    "Diabetes and memory loss are closely linked, and...
  7. Jane, the mucus from the stomach does look like...

    Jane, the mucus from the stomach does look like phlegm but it is (how can I describe it?) long strings of gloopy sort of liquid. If she is bringing this up each time she eats, it is no wonder she...
  8. When you say phlegm, do you mean mucus from the...

    When you say phlegm, do you mean mucus from the stomach? It sounds like what my Mum had some years ago. She couldn't keep any food down. She had a gastroscopy (camera down the throat - would be...
  9. Thread: End OF Life Care

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    Sorry, Dimelza, I just realised your Dad is in a...

    Sorry, Dimelza, I just realised your Dad is in a care home where he stayed after respite. I imagine care homes are expert at palliative care and may not need to bring in specialised nurses. I don't...
  10. Thread: End OF Life Care

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    They can be and they are the experts in end of...

    They can be and they are the experts in end of life care. As someone above said, can you contact the local hospice or ask that the doctor does? I am not sure if your father is at home but, if so,...
  11. Thread: End OF Life Care

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    GPs aren't always that good with pain relief,...

    GPs aren't always that good with pain relief, unfortunately. Does your Dad have palliative care nurses visiting? They are usually contacted via the District Nurse service. They know more about...
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    My mother too suffers from a lot of pain due to...

    My mother too suffers from a lot of pain due to osteoarthritis. She too is often in pain when turned in bed. She does have an opiate patch (Fentanyl) which gives constant pain relief and seems to...
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    Could it be that your Mum had a momentary...

    Could it be that your Mum had a momentary realisation of what she couldn't do any more - in this case, reach something? My Mum has moments when it dawns on her that she has lost her capabilities and...
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    I haven't got any advice but I would be a bit...

    I haven't got any advice but I would be a bit concerned if I were told that it would take a few hours for a GP to come out. Is that the norm in any case? What if she were very ill in some other...
  15. Thread: Mobile Hoist

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    The mobile hoist doesn't have to go through...

    The mobile hoist doesn't have to go through doorways - it would just stay in one room, e.g. the bedroom. The person is hoisted, say, to a wheelchair, then wheeled to another room, wheeled back and...
  16. Thread: Pip Help Please

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    You can get both ESA which is an unemployment...

    You can get both ESA which is an unemployment working age benefit and PIP which is the disabled element. My brother gets both. He has mental illness but I think many younger people with dementia...
  17. Thread: Pip Help Please

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    You would think that assessors would be sensitive...

    You would think that assessors would be sensitive to people's needs but I can understand your worry.

    You can ask that someone accompany her to the assessment. It may not come to an interview. My...
  18. I can imagine the big hole in your life and the...

    I can imagine the big hole in your life and the empty feeling you must have. It must be hard to adjust to not being a "carer" any more. I am sorry you are going through this hard time but I am sure...
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    I have been through a CHC review meeting,...

    I have been through a CHC review meeting, missmarple. Mum's SW attended, the assessor and myself. I had printed off the checklist (which the SW had scored Mum highly enough on) and the Decision...
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    I would think they are looking into where his...

    I would think they are looking into where his care can best take place, either at home with appropriate safeguards in place, or in a care home. Is your brother attending the meeting?
  21. I'm sorry to hear of your sad loss, tre. I...

    I'm sorry to hear of your sad loss, tre. I apologise for my post - I didn't take in how serious things were and hoped it was just a temporary change.

    Thinking of you.
  22. Just caught up with your thread, tre. If it's...

    Just caught up with your thread, tre. If it's any consolation, Mum went about a week without a bowel movement and the district nurse came and administered an enema.
    I had a problem with her...
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    I am just wondering if you Dad is eating properly...

    I am just wondering if you Dad is eating properly and if the churning stomach could partly be hunger pains?

    I can well understand this being caused by stress as I had something similar when my...
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    Here, we can contact the district nurse liaison...

    Here, we can contact the district nurse liaison team any time, night time or weekends, if that is helpful. But I have a feeling that the GP referred us to them in the first place. So many things...
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    Worried nurse, thank you for explaining the...

    Worried nurse, thank you for explaining the purpose of the review. I get the feeling I was being prompted to say that Mum's needs were now being met or at least should have been, following the...
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