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Discussion in 'Welcome and how to use Dementia Talking Point' started by Mark_W, Aug 17, 2018.

  1. Frank13

    Frank13 New member

    Sep 19, 2018
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    Hi, My Husband has just been diagnosed with mixed dementia and I am his carer. and I have no idea what I am doing. He has gone downhill so fast I cannot keep up xx
     
  2. nae sporran

    nae sporran Volunteer Host

    Oct 29, 2014
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    Bristol
  3. fluffydog

    fluffydog Registered User

    Jun 4, 2014
    14
    Hello again well we have had the dose of Memantine reduced to 15mg and things seemed to get a bit better but today he got lost while going to the newsagents for his paper he eventually found his way home again this is the third time now, i understand that a pager would help can anyone advise me about this please?
     
  4. karaokePete

    karaokePete Registered User

    Jul 23, 2017
    4,921
    N Ireland
    Hello @fluffydog, I’m glad that the adjustment of the Memantine helped.

    I don’t have experience of pagers or trackers but I’m sure others I’ll be along to help as I’ve seen them discussed. Indeed, I think I’ve seen it suggested that Social Services can help with the provision of equipment.

    In my own case I have had to deal with my wife getting lost and at other times confused when out alone. I didn’t want to use a tracker or pager as I didn’t want to remind her of her dementia every time she went out. What I did was buy 2 smartphones that I could track with my phone or computer if she was out for longer than she should be. The phone actually helped her as she was delighted to get it and with my help she has been able to play games on it to keep her mind active and occupied. It’s a win win scenario. When she’s going out she never resists me checking that she has her phone.
     
  5. attakgirl

    attakgirl New member

    Sep 20, 2018
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    Hi, just joined in complete desperation and the need for reassurance that I am doing the right thing and I am not the only one in this situation. I am the full-time carer for my husband who has semantic dementia and I am at the end of my tether
     
  6. nellbelles

    nellbelles Volunteer Host

    Nov 6, 2008
    8,402
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    Hello @attakgirl wecome to TP although I’m sorry that you needed to join us.
    I’m sure you will find a wealth of information here

    It sounds as if you little if any help so maybe the time has come to contact SS and ask for a needs assessment for your husband and a carers assessment for yourself.
    If you would like to talk to someone the following link maybe of interest to you
    https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-support/national-dementia-helpline

    I hope you will keep posting now you have found us
     
  7. fluffydog

    fluffydog Registered User

    Jun 4, 2014
    14
    Thanks so much for replying, bad news is he got lost again this morning, i have spoken to someone from Alzheimers who is going to send some info regarding something to keep an eye on his whereabouts, i really don't want to take away this little bit of independence that he has.
     
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