‘Grandad, Dementia and Me’, the recent BBC One documentary is very emotive and perfectly demonstrates the struggles faced daily by many of our clients.
Our Specialist Advisors spend many hours each day speaking to family members who are struggling to care for the person they love as dementia takes hold and changes to behaviour and personality become more pronounced and unmanageable. Clients ring Compass CHC to find out if we can help them access NHS continuing healthcare funding to pay for the cost of care but often end up unburdening themselves to our experts.
‘Grandad, Dementia and Me‘, the recent BBC One documentary is very emotive and perfectly demonstrates what many of our clients tell us. The documentary, filmed by grandson Dominic, charted 79-year-old Tom Sivyer’s rapid mental decline after he was diagnosed with vascular dementia.
When the family is no longer able to cope with Tom’s unmanageable moods and behaviour, Dominic’s Grandad is temporarily sectioned into a psychiatric ward.
As his dementia becomes more advanced, the effect of Dominic’s worsening behaviour on his 82 year old wife Pam is also highlighted. As Dominic’s behaviour changed she found it almost impossible to live with her increasingly erratic husband and reached breaking point herself.
Our guide to dementia and continuing healthcare may help if you are in a similar situation.
Getting NHS continuing healthcare funding for people with dementia can be particularly problematic but our team at Compass CHC comprises a combination of qualified non-practicing solicitors and medical clinicians including nurses, tissue viability specialists and pharmacists whose expertise ensures we can understand the nuances and complexities of each case.
Putting in place arrangements for ongoing continuing healthcare is a difficult process which affects people when they are stressed and at their most vulnerable. Using a firm of experts who specialise in this complex area can be helpful and removes the stress from the family at an upsetting time.