February 28

I attended the first session of the Family Carer Course yesterday while my wife was at the day centre. Men were outnumbered by women at the rate of 14 to 2, not including the course co-ordinators. The course is being run by a counselor from Alzheimer’s Australia. This session was about understanding dementia and included information about how the brain works, which areas of the brain perform different functions, and which activities of the dementia sufferer are affected by damage to the different parts of the brain. Dementia is a very individual disease, each person suffers in their own way. It is caused by diseases that damage the brain. Other medical conditions can make dementia symptoms worse. It is important for the carer to know that they are not alone in their role. There is help available as close as the nearest telephone. All in all a very informative day led by people who really care for the carers.

On Tuesday ACAT attended our home again to assess whether my wife qualifies for another assistance package called Extended Age Care at Home – Dementia (EACH-D). This was verbally approved at the interview so we are now waiting for the official paperwork to confirm. There is a waiting list for this assistance package. My wife was given another MMSE and this time her score is down to 4/30.

Earlier in the week I received a letter from Banksia Centre about my wife attending their Day Centre. There is a waiting period before their assessment worker makes contact and arranges an appointment.

I finally got confirmation from the Village Finance Officer about the cost of my wife entering into the residential care. It appears I am so wealthy that I can afford to pay all the costs involved if and when we make that move. No one seems to be able to give me and exact figure of the cost per day for residential care. It seems as though it could be anywhere around $90 per day at the present time. I might have to find a part time job to maintain my current status.

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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