Dementia caregiver for a family member at home for over a decade from pre-diagnosis to advanced stage dementia.
MSc graduate in Dementia Studies.
My extensive, day-to-day practical experience, coupled with formal studies has shaped my life undertaking to change the negative stigma surrounding dementia.
As part of this, I am currently writing a series of books, aimed at providing information and support for people with dementia and their family carers.
I see writing books as the best way to reach as broad an audience as possible and hope that my books will offer support and guidance to people with a diagnosis of dementia, carers and families by showing them that there is still a quality of life to be led and goals to achieve.
What's the story behind your latest book?
When my mother was diagnosed with combined Alzheimer's Disease/Vascular Dementia nine years ago, I wanted to try to support her to remain living in her own home where she had lived for 30 years. However, it soon became apparent that her safety was a huge issue. It became clear that living at home with dementia was actually a recipe for disaster. Leaving the cooker on, the front door open, inviting strangers into the house, wandering at night - all problems I encountered along the way. So, this book is a result of years of trial and error and provides information and insight into solutions, not only for safety but about making the home a living environment that addresses many other aspects of living at home with a diagnosis of dementia.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I think because I wanted to share my knowledge and help others in a similar situation to me. I was a family caregiver for about nine years and whilst still at home caring, I went on to complete an MSc in Dementia Studies. This allowed my practical day-to-day experience to be enhanced with the academic study of the latest innovative practices and research into dementia. I felt that writing was the best way to reach as wide an audience as possible.
Packed full of practical information gleaned over a decade of hands-on experience and further enhanced by the latest innovative practices and research into living well at home with dementia, this book contains not only steps that can be taken to make the home safe and secure but provides information on how to create a living environment at home that offers enablement rather than restriction.