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    Lyn, it is unbelievable the awful lives some...

    Lyn, it is unbelievable the awful lives some people have, going through things most people know nothing about. You were very good to stick by Pete through it all - he must feel so loved and...
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    To add to my previous post, changes in the brains...

    To add to my previous post, changes in the brains of schizophrenics can be observed posthumously.
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    I sympathise with you and your husband, Lyn. You...

    I sympathise with you and your husband, Lyn. You must have both been through some very hard, terrifying times. Was his illness controlled at all by lithium and does he still have to take it? I...
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    But did your friend have dementia, Jeany?

    But did your friend have dementia, Jeany?
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    I think that one of the reasons people may be...

    I think that one of the reasons people may be anxious to call dementia a physical illness or disease is because of the stigma attached to mental illness. However, I agree that dementia is an obvious...
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    Our OT said the inflatable bath things were not a...

    Our OT said the inflatable bath things were not a good idea as they weren't very stable and the person might not be able to balance on them. At one time, I even thought about a walk-in bath but it...
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    I think the difference between psychiatric...

    I think the difference between psychiatric disorders and the dementias is that the latter are regarded as organic disorders of the brain where physical changes are being made.

    I think personally...
  8. Thank you for that information, Nebiroth. That...

    Thank you for that information, Nebiroth. That was what I was hoping. Do you have personal experience or know anyone who has actually been able to get contributory-based JSA after caring? It's one...
  9. I don't have a partner. I may qualify for a...

    I don't have a partner. I may qualify for a small amount of income-based JSA as I get a small occupational pension and I think they'd take that into account. I just wondered if anyone knew for...
  10. Carer's Allowance - NI Credits - do they entitle you to JSA?

    My Mum is in the late stages of Alzheimer's and I currently get Carer's Allowance. Just thinking ahead to the dreaded day when she goes, has anyone had experience of applying for Jobseeker's...
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    If they were to go back to the house with a carer...

    If they were to go back to the house with a carer package, would your father be able to sleep downstairs, thus not needing to use the stairs? The equipment service (which isn't means tested) would...
  12. I thought I'd reply as you haven't had an answer...

    I thought I'd reply as you haven't had an answer yet. It is quite common for someone with Alzheimer's to sleep a lot as their brain isn't functioning properly and can't cope with everyday life. ...
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    My Mum was in hospital when she had to have a...

    My Mum was in hospital when she had to have a scan of her lower back. They gave her a muscle relaxant beforehand - I think it was Valium/diazepam - and she just slept through it. If your Mum is...
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    Let the community physios come and they will know...

    Let the community physios come and they will know whether to refer her to an OT. Actually, I have a feeling that in some parts of the country, physios do the same sort of job as OTs. My uncle who...
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    We had an Occupational therapist come to see Mum....

    We had an Occupational therapist come to see Mum. She tried different standing aids and equipment with her (riser/recliner chair, rotunda, standing hoist) and came back several times as the...
  16. Sorry, Lena. Just seen your post belatedly! ...

    Sorry, Lena. Just seen your post belatedly! Have re-sent the message. Let me know if you get it OK. Go to Notifications at the top of the page and look in your inbox.
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    I think that loss of mobility occurs in the later...

    I think that loss of mobility occurs in the later stages of Alzheimer's. It is probably compounded, if the person is old, by other problems like arthritis. I too have been searching for the cause...
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    Yes, Jay. I can't easily cut and paste from...

    Yes, Jay. I can't easily cut and paste from Jennifer's attachment but it says "a property which continues to be occupied by a spouse....but the spouse decides to move to smaller accommodation" etc....
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    I stand corrected, Jay. I also note what...

    I stand corrected, Jay. I also note what Jennifer says about CRAG rules. However, I wonder if the point I made above re. main residence comes into play?
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    I wonder if the spouse of the party in the...

    I wonder if the spouse of the party in the nursing home has to be actually resident in the property at the time of their going into the home. Does the property have to be disregarded first before...
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    I don't think this is correct, Jay, as the person...

    I don't think this is correct, Jay, as the person would be deemed not to have capacity to do this and it would be regarded as deprivation of assets.
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    I'm not an expert on these things but from...

    I'm not an expert on these things but from reading posts on here I have gleaned some idea of what happens in these cases. I would advise you not to sell, unless you want to liquidate the asset and...
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    Hope you don't mind me saying this but you have...

    Hope you don't mind me saying this but you have said in the past you have health problems. My brother, who gets ESA and DLA gets a free bus pass from our council. Could you be entitled? Just a...
  24. Lena I sent you a private message a couple of...

    Lena I sent you a private message a couple of days ago to tell you about my own situation. Have you been able to access it?
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    Can I just point out how painful it can be for...

    Can I just point out how painful it can be for elderly dementia patients to lie around on gurneys/hospital trolleys for hours? Last time my Mum had to go to A&E, she had to wait over an hour in a...
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