• Expert Q&A: Rare dementias - Tues 3 March, 3-4pm

    Our next expert Q&A will be on the topic of rare dementias. It will be hosted by Nikki and Seb from Rare Dementia Support. If you have any questions about rare dementias, they will be here to answer them on Tuesday 3 March between 3-4pm.

    You can either post your question >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll be happy to ask them on your behalf.

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    Care home.

    Care home fees in the UK are an absolute disgrace. You wouldn't pay these amounts in a 5 star hotel.
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    Mirtazapine to help with sleep

    One of the drugs my mother was prescribed. I don't know if she's still on it as the doctors (who I have absolutely no respect for) won't now tell me what's she's on as previous drugs have been shown to give her problems. I suspect this drug has been making her more agitated at night. My...
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    Falls in a secure unit

    My mother had another 'fall' a few weeks ago in the assessment centre (where she's been held for over 3 years). She must have fallen very hard as she broke her hip. I also witnessed another patient pushing her over right in front of me and the nurses's so whether that happened again where she...
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    This system has beaten me

    Try and get your father into an assessment centre. If it's anything llike the one my mother's been held in for the past 3 years they'll be so keen to keep him there you won't have to look for a care home.
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    Cheap alternatives to care homes and assessment centre's?

    The SW had some contact with us a few years back but since then nothing. I'd probably get the usual "it's dementia and nothing to do with the medication" answer from her too just like the others so I've only contacted the consultant. I have absolutely no faith in why she's on the meds now...
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    Cheap alternatives to care homes and assessment centre's?

    They should be treating both and not writing elderly people off. As for where I want her transferred to.......I want my mother back home and away from these doctors. I want to try and find a doctor who wants to help her get better and not write her off like the ones dealing with her...
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    Cheap alternatives to care homes and assessment centre's?

    Well many people say our tax money is being wasted on many things like foreign wars, buying arms like fighter jets from the US (I saw an article that the F35 jet is costing trillions on both sides of the atlantic) not to mention other things. I think most people would pay more if they had...
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    Cheap alternatives to care homes and assessment centre's?

    I know the NHS is stretched (probably because of government cuts and creeping privatisation even though they deny it) but elderly care like this should be one of the top priorities for the NHS and people shouldn't have to sell their's or their parents houses. I bet someone's making money...
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    Cheap alternatives to care homes and assessment centre's?

    Well the DOLS people sectioned her but I gave the consultant and assessment centre an explanation of why my mother ended up there and it was because of a massive overdose of tablets in the nursing home (long story). Virtually nothing has been done to try and get my mother out of this situation...
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    Cheap alternatives to care homes and assessment centre's?

    Well I've got my ideas but maybe someone else can have a guess? It would be interesting to see what people can come up with. My mother was one of the best there as I got the consultant to lower more medication and she improved but I was still worried the remaining medication was affecting...
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    Cheap alternatives to care homes and assessment centre's?

    Thanks and as I said I wonder if they've got some sort of alterior motive as they're very keen to keep her there. They've already shown themselves to be incompetent as my mother's just had a stroke despite me warning them about the medication. I sent them an email the night before she had a...
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    Cheap alternatives to care homes and assessment centre's?

    It's an utter disgrace and there's absolutely no excuse for homes charging £700 or a £1000 a week. I bet it could be done a lot cheaper and elderly care should be funded as a priority on the NHS. It makes me wonder if some authorities are hoping to get their hands on peoples houses.
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    Cheap alternatives to care homes and assessment centre's?

    Yes neither can I and she should be in a quiet place with rehabilitation not somewhere that's like an asylum. I'd advise anyone to be really careful about relatives going into one of these places or gettting social services etc involved. Obviously I'm not saying they're all bad and most of...
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    Cheap alternatives to care homes and assessment centre's?

    Thanks for the replies and I'll answer when I can take control of myself again after tonight. What's everyone think of this. We went up the normal hospital tonight where my mother's been for a week and a half and there was no sign of my mother. We asked the nurse where she was and she...
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    Cheap alternatives to care homes and assessment centre's?

    I was just wondering that's all because she seems very quick to defend these fees on quite a few occasions so I thought she might have first hand knowledge. I'm grateful for all replies.
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    Cheap alternatives to care homes and assessment centre's?

    Well from what I've seen many care homes are extortionately expensive. At least £700 a week. That is just utterly ridiculous and even £200 a week is ridiculous. How on earth can anyone apart from a millionaire afford that kind of money? This should all be on the NHS and some people have...
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    Cheap alternatives to care homes and assessment centre's?

    My mother's been in an assessment centre for over 2 and a half years. I've been constantly telling them my concerns about the medication (my mother ended up in the assessment centre because of a massive overdose of medication which I told them about and virtually nothing's been done about it...
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    Respite care

    This is what we originally wanted for my mother. Just once or twice a week until the medication was looked at. A relative of mine phone the social worker and the next thing you know my mother was in a care home (I was told the medication would be reviewd there but that didn't happen) and to...
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    reducing use of drugs for dementia

    It sounds like you have a good consultant. From my experience most if not all of the doctors that have treated my mother have been very reluctant to try and see if the medication's causing problems and one disgrace of a doctor even told me in a really patronising way that I should look at the...
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    reducing use of drugs for dementia

    We had to reduce the cocktail of drugs my mother was put on as they were causing bad side effects and actually creating dementia like symptoms. I'm still struggling to get them to lower the medication now. Some Doctors are very quick to dish out these drugs but the total opposite when it...