Both my parents had dementia. Dad had stroke-induced (or vascular) dementia. Aged 80 he had a massive stroke whilst walking to the shops. His dementia happened in an instant. Mum had Alzheimer’s. Her mind fragmented over a number of years.
Dad didn’t have an enduring power of attorney (EPA). We couldn’t access his bank accounts until he had been made a ward of the Court of Protection. I became my Father’s ‘Receiver’ , meaning I ‘received’ his income and spent it for his benefit. But I had to do it all under the direction of the Court. A nightmare!
I am a firm advocate of for lasting powers of attorney (LPAs are the successor document to the EPA).
Mum developed Alzheimer’s in 1999, just before Dad died. Mum had an LPA, thank goodness but the question of her care was a major one. Having thought long and hard I brought her to live with me. At first we had a lovely time. But as you can imagine it became much harder.
In my book I describe the love and laughter, trails and tribulations of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. I also offer lots of practical advice on property, money, social services and support.
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