My mother has been recently diagnosed with vascular dementia.
This appears to be as a result of a heart attack late last year, and she developed symptoms very shortly thereafter. Some symptons where : counting money problems, and forgetting a lot of words. Her memory still seems to be intact, but she is 67 and so can forget things infrequently. A recent brain scan did confirm there was vascular dementia. She is still quite capable to live independently, but needs help understanding documents and infrequently forgets words.
She is currently using the exalon patch for the past month or so, and this seems to be really helping her. For instance, she is much improved in her use of vocabulary and seems to be more confident in and of herself.
Currently she is living in a rented ground floor maisonette. I have arranged for SAGA to visit her once per week, in order to check how she is doing.
She is very much improved since her heart attack and is quite happily living her own life independently. She now sports a pacemaker, which appears to have worked wonders. She also can't deal with stairs anymore, so we moved her into her current single level flat.
I know that vascular dementia is degenerative, but my mom really does seem to have improved greatly over the past year, which I cannot understand?
To the point : There is a possibility that I may move overseas in the near future. I was wondering whether anyone has experienced dealing with a similar situation? Assuming my mothers health deteriorates, are there any companies that would step in to assist her moving into a care of home of sorts? I am concerned that she may deteriorate, and need urgent help which I would not be able to immeadiatly provide. She is based in ashford, kent.
I really don't think that a care home would be a good move for her at the moment, and this is not what she wants either. Mom feels like the care homes are where you are sent to die. Whilst she will move into one if needed, she does not really have problems on a day to day basis. As such, I don't want to shove her into a care home just to make me feel better. We are busy sorting out the enduring power of attorney.
Any feedback on this would be helpful.