1. dianegrimshaw

    dianegrimshaw Registered User

    Sep 20, 2005
    1
    leeds england
    new to this. dont know if im doing it right but will have a go anyway. scared. dont know what to do. dad been diagnosed as alzheimers and vascular dementia. what shall i do. he lives alone. dont know where to start.
     
  2. noodle31

    noodle31 Registered User

    May 1, 2005
    81
    kent
    Hello Di

    welcome....

    I would ring socialservices and involve your dads GP in getting a care package sorted for him...

    We took dad to casualty but he hadnt been diagnosed at the time, he was just having odd episodes.

    Please dont be scared, you are not alone in this

    this site is fantastic

    love Jane x
     
  3. Norman

    Norman Registered User

    Oct 9, 2003
    4,348
    Birmingham Hades
    Hi Dianne
    please don't be scared we are all willing tto help you all that we can.
    Your first call must be your Dad's GP,they can start off everything for you ,do that first.
    Tell us more about you worries.
    Have a look at the fact sheets on this site go to http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/Facts_about_dementia/factsheets.htm.
    There is loads of information there for you.
    Keep posting and don't worry and be scared
    Best Wishes
    Norman
     
  4. daughter

    daughter Registered User

    Mar 16, 2005
    824
    Hi Diane,

    You're doing fine. This is a good place to start. If your Dad has been diagnosed, then I expect you've been through quite a lot already. It is a scarey situation, but TP can help, as the others have said.

    Best wishes,
     
  5. Anya

    Anya Registered User

    Sep 11, 2005
    7
    East Sussex
    Hi Dianne

    Hi Dianne, my husband has vasvular dementia. I have been feeling quite isolated since was given no helplines after diagnosis. I joined that site last Sunday and already just logging in daily has made me realised that I'm not alone, so no need to feel isolated, join in and get support from the site and the GP, social worker, CPN etc.Anya
     
  6. jc141265

    jc141265 Registered User

    Sep 16, 2005
    836
    Australia
    Dianne,

    So sorry for you and your Dad. It is difficult to know what to do, and I have to say that probably none of us knew what to do at the beginning it really is a steep learning curve. I'd advise to keep harassing the doctors, I don't know what yours are like (I'm in Australia) but most here know where to get you more information and if you can find a geriatric specialist (applicable to early onset sufferers as well) they should definelty be able to point you in the right direction.

    If your father is not too far into the disease yet (but again I don't know about the vascular dementia types and what happens with them) you will have time to find things out and be ready for the next stages, this first part is going to be the hardest though.
     

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