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Compassionate Communication with the Memory Impaired

nae sporran

Volunteer Host
Oct 29, 2014
I think I have been approaching things in the wrong way. I get insistent about his changing underwear and end up getting confrontational. For the first time the other day I had a panic attack over it.
Welcome to the forum @Triciamissy. I'm glad you found us and found the guidance in this thread to be helpful. CBT taught me a a few breathing techniques like 3 seconds breathe in hold for a second and breathe out for 3 more. If I remember to repeat if for 3 or 4 minutes it usually helps to calm me after an anxiety attack.
Keep posting and reading, you will find more support here from others who know how you feel.

Mrs Humphrey

Registered User
May 14, 2021
Thank you...all that helped. I will try harder to find the level of compassion and caring. Then I won't feel such a failure.


Volunteer Moderator
Dec 15, 2012
you're not a failure @Mrs Humphrey
you are doing your best in what is a life changing and challenging situation
none of us carers are failures, we're human, we make mistakes, we pick ourselves up and carry on ... we're survivors, and that takes a lot of energy, so often we're exhausted too
don't be hard on yourself


Volunteer Host
Nov 6, 2008
@Mrs Humphrey please don’t think of yourself as a failure there is no rule book to show you how to be a carer, there couldn’t be as every caring situation is different.
I’m pleased the forum is being helpful to you, take care.

Grannie G

Volunteer Moderator
Apr 3, 2006
Hello @Mrs Humphrey

This thread was posted as a guide rather than a rule to give a little insight into an advisable approach.
If we were all able to follow it to the letter we’d be either angels or robots

I would hate anyone to feel a failure after reading it. I’m sure we all do our best in some of the most challenging times with the resources we have and most carers deserve medals for their love and devotion which is so often unappreciated .


Registered User
Nov 16, 2016
Moreton, Wirral. UK.
Thank you...all that helped. I will try harder to find the level of compassion and caring. Then I won't feel such a failure.
Oh Mrs Humphrey if I had a pound for every time I have felt a failure as I share the journey that my partner, Pauline, is on with the constant trials and tribulations that this cruel cruel disease is taking her. Early on I read everything to gain knowledge and insight and then read this thread on Compassionate Caring and knew immediately that it was an endeavour of perfection and a guide to doing things in the best way I can when I can. Fail! I done it so often but I did it with care and an understanding that I never thought to achieve and now know that every failure was actually an achievement over adversity and the benefactor was Pauline in that I am still here for her so please look for the positives and not the blame, stay strong