It was a great shock to me when my mum began to suffer from dementia some years ago. She was fit and at times could still be lucid, fun and great company. But she was losing the ability to live independently and care for herself.
Sadly but inevitably she hasn't got any better as time's gone by. But things have improved in everyday terms for her closest family because we now have trusted help in managing the situation.
Professional Angels has adapted to our changing care needs with a first-rate service for over eighteen months. It has been a very taxing time but the relief that reassurance brings is almost indescribable.
Initially, Professional Angels came in to provide respite care for my mum when help was most needed. She quickly struck up friendships with her various carers, each of whom talked to her a lot and discovered the right activities to keep her entertained but not over-stretched. My mum was a doctor for over forty years so she has enjoyed talking about hospitals to her companions, most of whom have nursing backgrounds. But she also likes going on short trips into town, or simply helping round the house like she used to, doing the cooking and the chores, and enjoying a little drink afterwards. All her carers have been sympathetic to her desire to feel that she's still living the life that she used to.
As time went by, we found that we were relying more and more on Professional Angels, and it was becoming more and more important to get the balance right for my mum with help regularly on hand. Very sadly, as dementia moves on, new challenges come up. My mum now needs really sensitive twenty-four-hour care from people who are conscious of her needs and who understand her condition.
I have been really impressed by not only the wonderful kindness of the carers from Professional Angels but also by their great professionalism. This combined with the efficient, punctual running of the excellent service explains why I continue to be thankful for their on-going help.
Dr. Matthew Scott