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Interview 54

Cared for in her own home, initially supported by cleaner who had been with her for 20 years. Since the cleaner retired they have installed a live in carer. Arrangements for transfer to residential care in the near future are…

  • Background

    Carer is one of 4 daughters looking after their widowed mother. She has two daughters of her own and works as a script editor. Her mother never went to work.

  • Age at interview 45
  • Interview 52

    Deterioration was gradual over 14 years. Day care was gradually increased. Hospitalised when he became ill and then went into residential care where he was happy. Difficult for his wife as they had been married 74 years. She is now…

  • Background

    Son caring for his parents who lived close by when his elderly father developed Alzheimers. Carer is married.

  • Interview 29

    His 65 year old mother had lived alone but consented to come and live with him. After a few months he realised he could not care for her adequately while continuing to work and she went into residential care.

  • Background

    Carer is a married Doctor looking after his mother who is a retired teacher with the help of his sister.

  • Interview 18

    At 80 her mother was still a vigorous, independent woman. First care home insisted on her being sectioned so she was moved to a locked assessment ward. Appalled by this her daughters found a secure long-term home for her where…

  • Background

    Carer is a doctor sharing the distance care of their mother, with her sister (Interview 4). She is married with 2 children.

  • Interview 15

    Her mother had been an independent widowed woman. They had hoped when they were able to move her nearby that this arrangement would be adequate for several years but before long she had to go into residential care.

  • Background

    Carer is married with her own family (2 children). She shared decision making with her brother and sister for her widowed mother who was diagnosed in 1998 / 1999.

  • Age at interview 59
  • Interview 13

    Her mother developed Lewy Body Dementia while living alone in Paris. After many crises her mother has accepted that she cannot return to her flat and that she move to England to live with her daughter. Treated with Exelon then…

  • Background

    Carer is a married daughter who looks after her divorced mother. She is a healthcare assistant with 2 children. Her mother, a retired dressmaker was a diagnosed in 2000.

  • Age at interview 54
  • Interview 11

    She managed for a time to care for her mother in her own home which was nearby but eventually had to agree to her going into a nursing home.

  • Background

    Carer is a married teacher with her own family responsibilities (1 daughter 1 granddaughter) looking after her widowed mother. She is the youngest daughter of three children. Her mother was...

  • Interview 09

    Her mother, a strong minded widow, bitterly resisted surrendering her freedom and finally had to be sectioned before being transferred to residential care. She died recently twenty years after the first signs of her dementia, in a nursing home.

  • Background

    Carer is the oldest daughter of three children, who over many years found the conflict between responsibilities towards her mother and her young family very difficult. Carer is married but...

  • Age at interview 53
  • Interview 04

    Distance care difficult as mother refused to accept help. Difficulty communicating with social services. Had to apply for a Court of Protection order to control her finances. Problems finding a suitable nursing home. She twice escaped.

  • Background

    One of two sisters caring for their mother, at a distance and later in a nursing home. Diagnosed in 1992. Carer has taken early retirement.

  • Age at interview 60