hi all, After another 4am start today, and stroppy attitude when I point out it’s too early to get up, the time has come to ask for medication to help our PWD to sleep. We have decided to start the carer/companion service next week as we can not go on without help, spoke to nurse from dementia clinic to see if there are any activities that my sons Nan can go to, they do run one at the centre but there is a waiting list, and likewise there is only one day centre open in this area ( others have been closed by council) and there is a long waiting list for this one. So we are going to engage this company to help out and also see if there are any groups locally run by volunteers to see if there are any she can attend. The nurse was apologising to me about the lack of services for PWD but it’s not her fault, I think Wales is particularly poor in this area. When we had check up at the hospital last Thursday they increased her Donepezil from 5mg to 10 mg I am keeping an eye out for side effects, she did have an accident yesterday so I’m wondering if it’s upsetting her tummy, I will see how it goes. She can be very aggressive so I’m really hoping that this increase in medication does not increase this aggression well time will tell. We are fortunate that paying for carers is not going to be a problem for our PWD. My husband and myself are really really tired as I’ve got numerous health issues, we have to start to withdraw and bring carers in gradually to take over our role. What I found frustrating at the hospital appointment was that you had no opportunity to tell the Doctor what’s happening without the PWD being there, as ours says there is nothing wrong with her if we had said anything about her lack of sleeping or the aggressive behavior she would have gone mad, why don’t they give the family the opportunity to speak to them alone, they know that many Alzheimers patients fail to recognise that there is anything wrong.