Carer takes issues to ombudsman


Posted on May 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The Alzheimer¹s Society is supporting Barbara Pointon¹s fight as she prepares to take her health authority to the Health Services Ombudsman. The society says Mrs Pointon¹s case highlights the inadequacy of “free nursing care” for people with dementia. Mrs Pointon, a member of the society, has been caring for her husband Malcolm since his diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer¹s in December 1991 at the age of 51. They have been married for 38 years. Mr Pointon is now 61 and in an advanced stage of Alzheimer¹s. He can do nothing for himself nor hold anything in his hands. He has no mobility and cannot wash, dress or feed himself. He is also doubly incontinent. He has no speech and cannot understand the speech of others. He is losing his sight and is often unable to understand where he is in space and so thinks he is falling, flying or upside down ­ which results in quite violent panic attacks. He is gradually forgetting how to swallow, which leads to choking. Mr Pointon is a large man ­ weighing more than 13





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