Welwyn Garden City woman praises dementia care staff

PUBLISHED: 10:12 18 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:12 18 May 2017

Welwyn Garden City woman praises dementia care staff.

Welwyn Garden City woman praises dementia care staff.

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A Welwyn Garden City woman has praised the staff at a care home where her mum who has dementia lives.

Lesley Pomroy-Porton, 58, of Hatfield, spent three years taking it in turns with her four siblings and dad to look after her mum who has dementia.

Lesley said: “My mum was diagnosed with dementia in 2011 but after caring for her from home for three years she became quite withdrawn and violent towards our dad and all of us.

“One day the doctor was there and witnessed it and had mum sectioned under the Mental Health Act and she had to go into care.

“The decision was taken from us as none of us wanted her to be taken away but we finally got her into a lovely dementia care home.

“She went to Elizabeth Court [in Stevenage] who specialise in dementia care, so are full on with her needs.”

Lesley added: “At first it was just her memory that failed her but now she is unable to walk, talk and so on and needs 24-hour care.

“My mum celebrated her 80th birthday in February and her and my dad have been married 60 years in September and never ever spent a day apart.

“It is so hard for us all, especially dad. To see how frail and broken mum has become and for mum not to be able to talk to us and not remembering us is heart breaking.

“All I want to do is hug her tight but even this causes distress for dementia sufferers as they don’t understand.

“All we can do is be there and hold her hand and stroke her face and hair.

“She still loves her music and sometimes she will tap along to it.

“We cannot thank Elizabeth Court and all the staff enough for their continued care and support not just for mum but for all of us family too.”

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