This episode of Dementiaville features families who are still caring for their loved ones at home. To keep them at home requires huge commitment, love and adaptation as for them it’s like living with a new person. It can often feel for the family that the person they love is slipping away and being lost to dementia. This episode offers an insight into the family’s determination, the impact on their everyday lives and the inner strength that is required. They attend a work shop run by Dr David Sheard who shows them ways to reconnect with their loved ones through shared memories and rediscovery of critical moments in their life, whilst building new memories.
We meet people such as Ann and Jim who have been married for 42 years and have two sons, Ian (36) and Rob (33). Ian lives at home full time and is a great help with the care of Jim. Rob also lives half the week at home to help with the care; he spends the other time at his fiancée’s. Camping trips in the 1980s played a part in family life and are something they all refer to with fondness as part of the reconnection process.
This episode guide is for the OU/Channel 4 series Dementiaville. To find out more about the programmes and dementia care go to the main series page.