I am, one of two daughters of a lovely woman living with dementia. My mother was diagnosed with dementia in October 2015.
Following a series of mini-strokes and a stay in hospital, mum went into a care home. I write more about what happened in this letter, to my Dear Mum. Since then, my husband, sister and I have been trying to support mum, as well as we can. I moved in to her house in South Wales, far away from my husband in Brighton, so I was at hand to visit and take her out frequently. I worked with the carers in the home to improve her wellbeing.
After two and a half years in the care home I finally decided to bring mum back to her own home, where I would be her main carer. I am doing this for a year while I consider her next move.
I set up this blog to share ideas and strategies about supporting someone who is living with dementia. It is meant for other people who have relatives with the disease. I would like to start a conversation with people who are going through similar experiences, and professionals who have expertise to share. I hope to learn from you and your experiences, and to share mine.
Thanks to Jack Latimer who kindly edits my blog posts, often at a moment’s notice.