January 12

The 28 page form I sent to Centrelink for Assessment of Assets for Permanent Residential Aged Care has been rejected because I am not authorised to sign on my wife’s behalf. Before signing the form I rang Centrelink and explained the circumstances and my relationship and was told that it was OK for me to sign. They now tell me I should have POA or Guardianship for my signature to be accepted. Other ways around it are to get a letter from our doctor or social worker or registered nurse verifying my wife’s inability to sign for herself.

So yet another form to fill in to get this sort of thing fixed once and for all. I have lodged an application for guardianship with the Victoria State Government Office of the Public Advocate. This time it was only 8 pages long. I don’t know how long this process takes.

Last Thursday we spent a very pleasant day when my brother visited with us. The next day my wife was unable to remember who had been or what was his name. Her recall of extended family names and relationships within the family is becoming quite confused. The other day she spoke to me about me but didn’t say ‘you’ but called me by my name. It was as though she having the conversation with someone other than me. There are more and more signs of disorientation about the home.

I received notification of the Family Carers Course which starts on February 27th and runs for 3 weeks. The course is designed to suit family carers who may be struggling with the changes in their life and relationship since a dementia diagnosis.

The participants will:-

 Gain information about the symptoms of dementia and the changes in intellectual functions and how these changes impact on your family member
 Discuss the changes as the carer in relation to your role and the impact of dementia on your relationship and your sense of self and how you can cope with these changes
 Learn skills to manage the changes in behaviour and abilities of your family member and how you can help them do what they can do or are interested in doing.

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