So after so much pondering there was no question about it. I signed on to becoming a dementia carer for at least a year. Now the question wasn’t of whether I would stay on the job, but it was of how I would survive it. Me and Dorothy just kept clashing! How I would get [...]
Day 1 Tomorrow is a very busy day. I give Patrick a break for four hours. He cares for his wife Sheila full time. She has had Alzheimer’s disease for the past twelve years and it is quite advanced. Physically Sheila is very well. She is 78 and he is 79 years old. Patrick is [...]
I am the only child of a single parent. My mother and I, always incredibly close, the best of friends. She was a very active, intelligent and sociable woman. Up to the time she had her stroke, she was looking after my baby son while I ran my business part time. I remember feeling incredibly [...]
Day 1 Tomorrow I will care for Sam. He is eight years old and has severe autism. I have never cared for a child with special needs before. I hope it goes well. I check my work bag. Sam is still in nappies so I make sure I have disposable gloves. I am a bit [...]
Our daughter was born with an undiagnosed neuro-muscular disorder in 2004. It was clear from birth that something was wrong, as she was very small and very floppy and unable to hold her head straight even whey lying on her back. I had had what seemed like a fairly normal pregnancy, and already had a [...]
I have been caring for others in one way or another since I was eleven years of age so I believe I am in a position to discuss it here. I began caring for my son the day he became a paraplegic on 27/1/02 and it continues to this day. The impact of that day [...]
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