My name is Dawn, I have joined the forum to get helpful advise from real people!
My mum ,71, looks after my lovely step-dad, 75, he was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia about 5 years ago. She has managed to keep him at home with no help. just before Christmas last year his condition seemed to take a nose dive, and she agreed to a weeks respite. both had a great week but since he has been back at home, things have gone from "managing" to "nightmare". My mum if struggling to cope now, the social workers are taking forever to come to see them, we speak every night, ( they are 250 mile from me!) and more often than not she is crying and exhausted.
Yesterday he actually tried to hit her, although this is the first time for physical aggression.
Could anyone give me any hints on how to support her more bearning in mind the distance between us? i would be grateful for any advice,