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Before Mum died and after Dad had been diagnosed, she sensibly organised the paperwork to ensure that gaining Lasting Power of Attorney for Dad’s affairs would be a formality when the time came. Luckily she had the foresight to include my name on the documents. I have heard of so many cases where this has NOT been organised or even thought of until it’s too late and then the process can be very drawn out.

UK Wills & Trusts have kindly agreed to include us on their website to help raise more pledges and the advice they give about Lasting Power of Attorney is very useful: http://www.ukwillsandtrusts.co.uk/Dementia-Effects_of_Mental_Illness

I have included their web link  in the ‘Blogroll’ column to the right of this page…

Kate x

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… the lady who ‘talked me through’ SPECAL and gave me the benefit of  her experience when I first looked after Dad.

We had spoken on the phone before and although she only lives 10 minutes from me this was a first-time meeting, although it felt like I had known her forever! Her late husband had the same form of dementia as my Dad; moved to a nursing home the same month and they died within two weeks of each other.

I guess what we want to come from this film is for people to know that someone else is/has been in exactly the same position, facing the same difficult decisions, and that this SPECAL method DOES work. And through its promotion, there will be created a support network for carers, which is very much needed.

Kate x

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A busy couple of weeks – went to see another potential interviewee yesterday whose friend’s husband had the same dementia as Dad – we’ll meet the friend herself next week when she has a break in a very hectic schedule!

Tomorrow we’re off to SPECAL HQ in Burford, then next week, we’re meeting a chap whose late wife had dementia – he admits he didn’t ‘get’ SPECAL for quite a while, then  realised how well it was working! He’s now a strong advocate, but it was a tough journey for him…

At the end of that week, it’s off to Lymington to meet a father and daughter – this time it’s the Mum who has dementia… Everyone has been so welcoming and so enthusiastic – such a pleasure to meet them and hear their stories…

Kate x

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