I recently read this poem about losing a loved one by Henry Scott Holland. It seemed really pertinent to apply this to the feeling that we have 'lost someone', when they are diagnosed with dementia. (I have adapted it slightly, so please grant me poetic license) Dementia is nothing at all. I have only moved out to a place not far away I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
I have called this ‘I wouldn’t bother’, because this was something my Dad said an awful lot, when he didn’t want a fuss. And I know now that he would not want to make a fuss about his dementia either. Who would have thought that something like dementia would hit the most intelligent and intellectual man on the planet, my Dad. My Dad, who was humorously nicknamed ‘the Oracle’, since when he spoke, he always had the right answer for everything. But, suddenly, he did not know
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The rate at which care homes in England are failing official inspections has topped 50 per cent in the last week – with safety of vulnerable and elderly residents the main concern. Back in June, OLM reported that concerns were being raised over 40 per cent of care homes. But reports released by the Care Quality Commission in the last few days show, that in the week to 13 September, more care homes failed to meet inspection standards than passed . Fewer than half of the homes
It's been another busy week in the dementia scare story business. There seems no end of appetite for frightening articles about the condition. Indeed, we seem obsessed with them, but not in a good way. Dementia sufferers are emerging as the new lepers. Perhaps they too will be forced to go from town to town, ringing bells and wearing rags? That might cut the social care budget. There is more than a little blame culture surrounding dementia. Suggestions are often made that suf
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