May 8

Two more weeks have passed on the Creative Caring course. Week 4 was about stimulating and soothing the senses. Ideas were put forward about how to stimulate or sooth all 5 senses of sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. A further consideration was about movement and balance.It was shown that due to memory and personality changes that sometimes accompany dementia an individual’s response to different stimuli may be different from what they used to be. Also a person’s response may vary on any given day or even hour. We had a demonstration about using essential oils on the skin in a hand massage, and how to use an essential oil vaporiser.

Week 5 was about using music. We were required to list the music from the first 25 years of our care recipients life, and especially any music from between the ages of 16 and 25. It was stated that as well as listening to music for pleasure , we can also listen to music for a purpose – to divert behaviour or assist in achieving a certain behaviour.

The in-home carer Helen has not been available for the last two weeks. Georgina has replaced her and is an even bigger hit than Helen. On the first week Georgina came I could tell as soon as she walked in the door that she was going to be an excellent replacement. After quick introductions and a brief tour of our home she picked up the Life Story book I had started and sat down beside my wife and started going through it. My wife took a liking to her immediately and they had a great time together. This week Georgina brought hair curlers and after going through the Life Story book again (to which I had added more pages) gave my wife a shampoo and they had a ‘girly time’ as Georgina put it. I think my wife will be sad when the course finishes and Georgina won’t be coming any more.

We had a visit to Banksia last Friday when I was required to go through another pile of paperwork. My wife will be starting attending their Day Centre each Tuesday from the end of this month.



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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