on 13 October 2012
I have also cared for people with dementia & Alzheimers in a hospital and nursing home. For my part the most difficult was/is when the patient is partially aware of what is happening to them. One minute they are calm, the next they can be swearing, biting, pinching, lashing out at nurses, other patients/residents & their loved ones. Later they will sometimes cry as that peson earlier is nothing like they use to be & there is nothing they can do to stop it. Caring for people who are suffering from this dreadful illness can be very stressful, there have been times when I had finished my shift I felt absoulutely drained. I greatly admire families that do everything they can to keep their loved one at home & care for them on a 24/7 basis. It makes me really angry that the goverment does not provide enough money for families to have someone to come in and help them by giving them a break, to be able to sleep without having to be worried their loved one will hurt themselves, leave the house on their own and come to harm, in basic terms they need to be looked after as if they are a young child, who no longer knows you and at times can think that you are trying to steal their belongings, you are holding them against their will, or they are trying to protect you even though they no longer know who you are.