1. ginger2007

    ginger2007 Registered User

    Jan 9, 2008
    3
    I just wanted to say hi to everyone, this is my first post.
    It's been comforting reading all your correspondence so I wanted to be able to offer my support too....and ask lots of questions!
    My dad has had dementia for just over a year now and is still living at home.
    I am worried about my mum. I live an hour away though my sister is a lot closer to home. Although dad goes to the AD cafe once a week, mum is finding it increasingly difficult to cope, made worse by lack of sleep. Dad wakes up in the night and wanders, sometimes not waking mum up, but he is at the stage where he could hurt himself.
    I know this is really common, just wondered if anyone had any coping tactics?!

    best wishes
    ginger:)
     
  2. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    69,895
    Kent
    Hello Ginger, welcome to TP.

    I`m sorry your mother is having so many disturbed nights, it`s hard enough to care 24/7 without losing sleep as well.

    If your father is happy going to the Alzheimers Cafe, would he be willing to go to day centres? If your mother could arrange some day care for him, the increased activity might make him sleep better.

    Just a thought.
     
  3. Linda Mc

    Linda Mc Registered User

    Jul 3, 2005
    1,881
    Nr Mold
    Hello and welcome

    You don't say which area you live in but there is support for Mum from her local Alzheimer's group, Crossroads, Admiral Nurses and Memory Clinic.

    You will get loads of support and good advice from this site so post often

    Linda x
     
  4. Skye

    Skye Registered User

    Aug 29, 2006
    17,000
    SW Scotland
    Hi Ginger, and welcome.

    I can sympathise with your mum, I cared for my husband at home for seven years, and I found the sleepless nights very hard to cope with.

    Sadly, he's now in a NH. I miss him so much, and I still don't sleep much!:(

    Keep posting, you'll find lots of support here.

    Love,
     
  5. DickG

    DickG Registered User

    Feb 26, 2006
    558
    Stow-on-the-Wold
    Hi Ginger, welcome,

    On this rocky road through Alzheimers only one thing is certain, uncertainty. After years of being woken in the night, now Mary is in a care home I wake up wodering why nobody has woken me up!

    Silly me , there is one other certainty, you will always be certain of support and understanding on TP.

    Keep posting, pose your questions and express your fears and some one will give you answers and advice.

    Hugs

    Dick
     
  6. ginger2007

    ginger2007 Registered User

    Jan 9, 2008
    3
    Hi,
    thanks everyone for your messages of support, I'll pass them on to my mum.
    x
     

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