1. Expert Q&A: Protecting a person with dementia from financial abuse - Weds 26 June, 3:30-4:30 pm

    Financial abuse can have serious consequences for a person with dementia. Find out how to protect a person with dementia from financial abuse.

    Sam, our Knowledge Officer (Legal and Welfare Rights) is our expert on this topic. She will be here to answer your questions on Wednesday 26 June between 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

    You can either post questions >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll answer as many as we can on the day.

  1. henfenywfach

    henfenywfach Registered User

    May 23, 2013
    333
    rct
    Is ok when my dad with dlb eventhough supervised by my mum..when an insulin pen goes missing?..
    Is ok that a 300 unit pen lasts 12 days?...
    Is it ok that there was an overdose of donepezil..even once?
    Is it ok that most pens are giving him more than possible..whe the msnufacturers say they cant?
    Is it ok that we found an insulin pen in his bedside drawer..and needles down in dining room drawer?...
    Is it ok that there were more tabs left than should be...?..
    i marked an insulin pen as was empty..so is it ok that he did his insulin and then felt shakey .when i know he couldnt have had it?...
    Now add not knowing what any day is...sight perceptions..delusions..hallucinations.
    Cant read properly sometimes...no short term memory..bloods been up and down and affecting him if only 13...wanders and doesnt realise...

    Is it ok then that the diabetic facilitator says he should do his own insulin?...hes an adult..and i am wrong about his empty pen..and as his bloods are going up to 22 then down..all thats happened doesnt matter..hes an adult...

    Is it ok????.....___

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  2. cragmaid

    cragmaid Registered User

    Oct 18, 2010
    7,963
    North East England
    No....it's not and I know that you were being tongue in cheek and angry when you wrote it:rolleyes:

    I would remove his access to medication, put them in a locked box and hide the key from him......and then demand outside supervision to take away any agression towards your Mum.

    But the DF will no doubt see that as an infringement of his liberties!!!:eek: :rolleyes:
     
  3. Miss shiraz

    Miss shiraz Registered User

    Dec 24, 2014
    82
    Midlands
    Oh dear... yes i agree with Maureen. MIL is diabetic, meds in locked box which she really objected to but was at the recommendation of the District Nurse who visits daily to supervise the insulin injections. We got the DN to explain why to her and deliver the box (we bought it). Box has a combination lock so DN can access.
    When she does take meds and her blood sugar under control, then she's a different person. Her memory is still not good but her behaviours are better. Getting there and keeping her like this can be difficult as she lives on her own and has a very sweet tooth. 4 or 5 mince pies in one say was a regular occurrence over xmas. As we do her shopping, she's devious in obtaining them, would say they were for visitors or others had eaten them.
    speak to her doctor and explain the problem and ask (beg?) for help as you cannot deal with this alone as you probably realise. The Doc has a duty of care to the patient. Ours wanted us to arrange own (and pay for) a carer. Social services advised carers cannot help administer insulin so doc had to continue to provide DN visits. We work all our lives, pay tax and cannot get support we need without a fight... don't give in.
    good luck


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  4. sistermillicent

    sistermillicent Registered User

    Jan 30, 2009
    2,951
    put it in writing to the idiotic diabetic facilitator that you are concerned, these things have happened and you don't think he is ok to be responsible for his own insulin. Inform that facilitator that you are copying in the person who prescribes the insulin (as it is actually their responsibility, maybe you could do this the other way around) and note in the letter what the facilitator said to you about your concerns.
    Copy in anyone else you think might need to know. Send it recorded delivery if you wish.

    Is any of what you wrote in your post ok? I don't think so. You must be livid.
     
  5. Soobee

    Soobee Registered User

    Aug 22, 2009
    2,734
    South
    Definitely contact the GP. And talk to Diabetes UK - see if they can advise. Also the Alz Society helpline might give some pointers too.

    http://www.diabetes.org.uk

    When my dad's diabetes was out of control (due to his lymphoma) they kept him in hospital a week to try to stabilise it. I don't feel your dad is receiving adequate care and there should be no difference between a person with dementia and a person with cancer.
     
  6. MERENAME

    MERENAME Registered User

    Jun 4, 2013
    238
    scotland
    #6 MERENAME, Jan 17, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2015
    you can get pens that record the amount and time it was taken. may not help in this case but it helps me keep track. I've been injecting for over forty years and even without dementia you don't always remember as it's so familiar.
     

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