My husband was diagnosed with frontal temporal lobe dementia over five years ago and was unfortunate enough to have been diagnosed with a brain tumour three months ago.
In order for my husband to stay at home I, as his full-time carer, need to have a break and this is achieved by my husband going into respite every so often.
I have visited several care homes that are described as being ‘specialised in dementia’ but on discussion with them seem to think Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia are the only ones existing.
Another specialised dementia centre couldn’t be bothered to assess my husband as they read in his notes ‘challenging behaviour’, which I believe is expected in people with dementia.
If they had looked further they would have read that he was on medication for this challenging behaviour, which was working.
The point I am making is that to find a respite centre like Bole Hill was absolutely wonderful – lovely surroundings, light and airy, clean-smelling, fantastic staff, who are not patronising and have knowledge of my husband’s dementia.
In fact one of my seven-year-old twin grandsons who visited their grandad on his second respite stay said it was paradise.
To be able to keep our loved ones at home carers need somewhere that we can trust them to be cared for in a caring and professional way and that is the service that Bole Hill View provides.
If it isn’t broke don’t mend it.
Linda Cavanagh, Livingstone Road, Chapeltown, Sheffield, S35