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Living at Home with

Dementia and Parkinson's Disease

A Practical Guide for Carers

In May 2012, Desma Mitchell's mother, Beverley, was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. She was healthy, alert, and enjoying the first years of retirement. In 2015, Beverley was also diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia and Vascular dementia.

Twelve months later, Desma had to assume the role of primary carer for her mother.

This book is the result of her search for information to best cope with the situation she found herself in, and how best to care for her mother while remaining at home.

Living at Home with

Dementia and Parkinson's Disease

A Practical Guide for Carers

In May 2012, Desma Mitchell's mother, Beverley, was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. She was healthy, alert, and enjoying the first years of retirement. In 2015, Beverley was also diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia and Vascular dementia.

Twelve months later, Desma had to assume the role of primary carer for her mother.

This book is the result of her search for information to best cope with the situation she found herself in, and how best to care for her mother while remaining at home.

Retain your independence and best quality of life living at home.

This book is written from a carers perspective for other carers and is based on sound experience.

It is a comprehensive and practical guide covering everyday issues and will provide encouragement, help and understanding to get through each challenging day.

With over fifty easy to find sections, the book enables quick access to advice and will be a constant and dependable source of support as you navigate your way through caregiving.

Easy to understand step-by-step strategies

Tips and techniques to cope day-to-day or even hour-to-hour

Daily routines, communication, behaviours and sundowning

Speech, swallowing, appetite, diet, activities, exercise and sleep disorders

Dealing with health professionals, pharmacists, specialists and hospitals

Pressure sores, incontinence, UTI’s, constipation and pain management

Transfers, dressing, showering, skin conditions and falls

Safety in the home, modifications, equipment, outings and driving

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My Journey

The author, Desma Mitchell, with her late mother, Beverley.

In May 2012 the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease came as a huge shock to my mother Beverley and to me as at the time, she was healthy and enjoying the first years of her retirement. Three years later, Beverley was also diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia and Vascular dementia. Then twelve months on, after a stroke, Beverley found herself in a wheelchair. And I found myself in the role of primary carer for my mother.

At the time of her diagnosis, I knew very little about Parkinson’s disease or any kind of dementia. We went home to our lives not quite knowing where to go or what to do. I decided that the best thing I could do for Beverley was to learn as much as I could about these conditions. So, I began to seek out knowledge and advice and discovered that there is a huge amount of information out there. Taking some of the information I had found as well as my own personal ideas and techniques and some trial and error, I was able to start to organise Beverley’s life and my own. Now our lives are just living in the moment and enjoying each day together, this is where my journey began.

A practical guide for carers

To remain out of hospital and aged care for as long as possible is something we all aspire to do. Having a carer can help you achieve that goal. This book is written from a carers perspective for other carers and is based on sound experience. It is a comprehensive and practical guide covering everyday issues and will provide encouragement, help and understanding to get through each challenging day. With over fifty easy to find sections, the book enables quick access to advice and will be a constant and dependable source of support as you navigate your way through caregiving.

Every person is entitled to receive much needed help and support in a respectful and compassionate way. Caring for a person with chronic conditions is challenging and yet can be one of the most rewarding roles you can undertake.

I sincerely hope this book will help you in your endeavours as a carer. 

john stevens

John Stevens

RN PhD FACN FASLM

I have been a ‘so called academic expert’ in dementia for many years but it has not prepared me for the day to day reality of helping and managing my own mother who has Vascular Dementia. This book is where the rubber hits the road. It’s real life, not an academic exercise and it is really helpful.

DrVaibhavTyagi

Dr Vaibhav Tyagi

Geriatrician MD FRACP

Desma Mitchell has produced a wonderful book of practical experiences and relevant information. It has a lot of practical information for carers, on topics like behaviours, engaging in activities and exercise, prevention of falls, diet and nutrition and continence related issues. In addition, it covers communicating with a person with dementia and Parkinson’s disease. It is clear, easy to read, simple to understand and to apply. It would be very useful for all carers who care for a person with dementia or Parkinson’s disease and would give them useful practical advice to improve the care of their loved one.