October 30

Yesterday my wife had her first “impromptu walk”. (Just another name for a wander without letting me know she was going)  I didn’t know she had gone out. I was doing the ironing and I thought my wife outside sweeping up under the back veranda. Fortunately one of our neighbours saw her and invited my wife in for a cup of tea, while her husband contacted the village sisters and who let me know where she was. Our immediate neighbours know our situation and have been very supportive to us with various expressions of concern. Thank God for good neighbours.

This morning I took my wife to get her hair cut. She fell asleep during the process.

We had a visit from Carer Support this afternoon. This is the follow up from the ACAT interview we had last month. It is the beginning of a 3 to 6 month support service to help me better able to care for my wife. Various documents were left for me to browse as well as an Emergency Care Plan Kit. This is a kit which lists all the vital information about my wife in the event that I am unable to continue with my carer functions for any reason. There is a card for me to carry in my wallet, and an Emergency Care Plan listing all the people to be contacted in such an emergency, and all the details relating to my wife’s condition. I have also been recommended to do a Carers Course  being held next February for 7 weeks for half a day a week.

About labtad

Born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England. Migrated to Australia in 1968 and now live in an outer South eastern suburb of Melbourne. Married since 1966 to my wife who was diagnosed with dementia in 2011. I am an imperfect follower of the Christian faith who believes that most things in life happen for a reason or purpose. The last 12 years, since my wife showed the first signs of having memory problems, have gradually taught me patience, compassion and some understanding of the situations that arise when a person Is living with dementia.
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