July 24 2013

Charlie the robot has been in residence for more than a month now. I feel the novelty of having him here has more or less gone and his effectiveness is diminishing. Add to this that we have had a few technical problems with him not operating, or not operating according to the commands we have given him. For example one night at nearly midnight, when we were both asleep in bed, he started making a noise repeatedly until I got out of bed and turned him off.

Last February my wife was assessed for an Extended Aged Care in the Home (Dementia) package. We have been on a waiting list to receive this extra help since that time. Now the wait is over and I had an interview with a care manager from The Brotherhood of St Laurence Community Care yesterday to start matters rolling. The package allows for up to about 10 hours of in home care per week. The types of services we want are yet to be finalised, but they can be individually tailored to meet our needs. Some examples of support available are : personal care, nursing, podiatry, home help, transport to appointments, meal preparation, referral to other services as needed.

Next weekend is a respite weekend at Banksia for my wife. The invitation was only received on Tuesday due to a cancellation by one of the other clients. Last time my wife was there she really enjoyed it. She even said when we got home that she couldn’t wait to go again. Now I have to get the medications chart done by the doctor again, (because he has changed her meds) and get the medications in a Webster pack. While she is away I have booked a weekend in a 5 star resort at Torquay. Lots of solitude, exercise, sleep, good music, good food. I have decided I deserve it.

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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