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    My mother suffered a severe downturn when she...

    My mother suffered a severe downturn when she suddenly had a vertebral lumbar fracture. It happened suddenly but I think it may have been triggered by a fall earlier in the year. She couldn't stand...
  2. Hallo blacknight, I am sorry you are having so...

    Hallo blacknight, I am sorry you are having so many problems. Our local hospital has a "falls clinic" where they assess you to see whether there is any particular reason why you have fallen down. ...
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    Sue, carers are supposed to be eligible for an...

    Sue, carers are supposed to be eligible for an exemption but they still require one person in a household to pay council tax, so the spouse gets a 25% reduction with the husband being exempt if there...
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    I bought a length of oilcloth from Cath Kidston...

    I bought a length of oilcloth from Cath Kidston in a sale. Very pretty!
  5. Thread: Still lost!

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    Sorry to hear about your neck and back. Pain can...

    Sorry to hear about your neck and back. Pain can be depressing in itself so it'll be good if you can get that sorted out. My Mum has suffered from chronic pain for 13 years and it had changed her...
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    My Mum is bedbound and sleeps nearly all the...

    My Mum is bedbound and sleeps nearly all the time. I don't see the point of celebrating Christmas by putting up a tree, decorations, etc. as my heart isn't really in it and I'm not keen on all that...
  7. Thread: On the road alone

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    Saffie, don't want to worry you but could it be...

    Saffie, don't want to worry you but could it be the effects of the tramadol making you feel sick? They had an awful effect on my Mum. Admittedly she took them for about a year before she started to...
  8. I feel so sorry for you and your Mum. The...

    I feel so sorry for you and your Mum. The patches come in different strengths. Your mother needs a palliative care nurse (we have a MacMillan one in the community - Mum is at home) - they are...
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    This might be completely the wrong suggestion,...

    This might be completely the wrong suggestion, Carabosse, but have you thought about volunteering, say in a shop, or something else you have an interest in? I did it when I suffered from depression...
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    My mother too was discharged from the Memory...

    My mother too was discharged from the Memory Clinic fairly quickly. I think that this was because she couldn't tolerate the medications they offered her and eventually she didn't have behavioural...
  11. I wonder if it is something to do with the older...

    I wonder if it is something to do with the older generation who are now suffering from dementia all coming from a time when people were shorter in stature? My Mum aged 90 was only about 5' 2", now...
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    I'm very sorry about how you are feeling,...

    I'm very sorry about how you are feeling, Carabosse, I've followed your posts. Would it help to get your own pet perhaps from a rescue centre?
  13. Once you have a water meter, can you not go back...

    Once you have a water meter, can you not go back to the old way of paying your water bill, the flat rate if that would be cheaper?

    Do they originally tell you about water meters and give you the...
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    When my Mum had to have an MRI scan, they gave...

    When my Mum had to have an MRI scan, they gave her a mild tranquilliser, diazepam, which sent her to sleep while she was having it so that she didn't move inside the scanner or get distressed. ...
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    I would just add as another pointer to what Izzy...

    I would just add as another pointer to what Izzy has written: can you get in touch with an association that will sit/care for people while you have a few hours' break? I found Carewatch (I live in...
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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...
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
  25. 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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