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Jale

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I haven't watched Casualty for years, but did watch this episode as I had seen the trailer. Was left disappointed - if that is the right word - like other people have said it was wrapped up too quickly and cleanly. (Mum was diagnosed with VD 4 years ago and is now in a nursing home), The programme makers could have shown the "real" side" of dementia and how families in real life cope (or not as the case may be) and I feel this was an opportunity missed.
 

MaNaAk

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Hello Everyone!

Did anyone watch last night's episode of Casualty because last night I was rather disappointed with the latest dementia storyline?

MaNaAk
 

DesperateofDevon

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Hello Everyone!

Did anyone watch last night's episode of Casualty because last night I was rather disappointed with the latest dementia storyline?

MaNaAk
Sorry no, the tv repeats are shocking so have just switched off apart from the news!
 

Agzy

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We did watch it at the time and was also disappointed but not much reaction for OH as she is sort of addicted to the old re runs on Drama Chanel and doesn’t seem to relate to the up to date ones. Mind you better she watches these than the constant re showings of the Bill which she has thankfully stopped watching/recording.
 

MaNaAk

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Good morning everyone,

Did anyone see Casualty last night? I really felt for the poor lady whose mother had had a couple of strokes and couldn't recognise her daughter. Dad had Alzheimers and I remember shaking when he asked who I was. He was panicking when he found out that I had booked a doctor's appointment for him but he passed still recognising me.


Just one point in that hardly anything was mentioned about after care and adult social care in this episode so nothing new there.

MaNaAk
 

Jaded'n'faded

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Yes, I agree. Whilst it's great that Casualty tackles dementia issues from time to time, it always seems to be miraculously sorted out very swiftly and neatly. I'd love to see them tackling the carer's side of things, with the patient being the exhausted, burnt out carer rather than the person with dementia they are trying to look after. Maybe they could explore further by suggesting the PWD goes into care, only to have the carer explain they've been trying to do this for the past year but SS say their PWD still has capacity so they'll only provide carers x 4 each day, leaving the poor carer on their own every night. Then they could show how the PWD turns nasty as soon as the medics leave, screaming at their carer, hitting out,etc. Then a night time bit with the PWD having hallucinations and incontinence problems all over the house and the carer...

And they'd need to keep on visiting the same story, with the same situation for at least 6 months whilst seeing the carer reach breakdown and the PWD continuing to go into host mode each time someone visits.

Last night's episode seemed unrealistic to me. They told the daughter her mother didn't have dementia though she'd had a TIA (or several) that had clearly affected part of her brain that deals with memory/recognition. As the two made friends again, it seemed like everything was going to be fine and the mother would get better. I was thinking, 'This is just the start...'

I also thought when the woman fell head first off a high bridge at the start of the programme, that she'd be very severely injured, yet she barely had a scratch! Pah.
 

MaNaAk

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That's exactly what I thought @Jaded'n'faded. I gave that woman a diagnosis of vascular dementia the thought was non-existent. This story should be followed to see how the daughter/carer is coping. There could be problems with social care, day-centres and even care homes. From my experience wandering, falling, getting aggressive with carers (me included), refusing to go to appointments and one of the most frightening things was when dad had 'absences'. I will never forget him crying out "I can't see!" How about a storyline where the carer ends up in hospital and there's no one to look after the PWD?

Personally I'd also like to Casualty investigating the "absences".

MaNaAk
 

jennifer1967

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the problem with casualty is that its basically A&E. whats comes in at the point of emergency. it doesnt get followed through after you leave casualty same as in reality. you get referred to the specialist depts so once you are out of casualty, thats the end of the story. holby city is the ward and specialty of casualty. there they could follow up but i dont suppose it will make exciting watching. its a drama and i suppose the escape of the reality.
 

MaNaAk

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the problem with casualty is that its basically A&E. whats comes in at the point of emergency. it doesnt get followed through after you leave casualty same as in reality. you get referred to the specialist depts so once you are out of casualty, thats the end of the story. holby city is the ward and specialty of casualty. there they could follow up but i dont suppose it will make exciting watching. its a drama and i suppose the escape of the reality.
The carer needs to be admitted as a casualty.

MaNaAk
 

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