My beloved Dad (country Victoria) was forced into aged care for 6.5 years by my sibling (Adelaide), who didn’t want him living with us in a loving family unit.
We had an incredible amount of contact with him, and supported him in every way, took him on outings regularly, bought him to the family home weekly for special roasts, and treated him with dignity at all times.
He felt special and loved.
For 20 years we NEVER missed a birthday, father’s day or Christmas etc. No different in aged Care. He was a lucky one.
I was lucky to be the winner of the Fight Dementia, Priceline gift box for my wife!
A big thank you to everyone involved.
I'm 42, and was in the last month finally diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia.
Myself and my wonderful wife have spent the last 3 years in the public system that still to this day hasn't given me a diagnosis. They said I have some sort of Dementia but couldn't give an exact diagnosis. They had me on the waiting list to see a Neurosurgeon.
I knew there was something wrong with me approximately 2½ years ago. I was becoming very forgetful, my husband , who has always had a short fuse, would say loudly to me when I repeated myself “I have already told you that.” Of course this would upset me greatly but after time he stopped saying it.
I have eight grandchildren aged from 6 to 19 who I love to bits. They understand much better than adults. It’s been an emotional roller coaster ride for me.