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‘I do my crying in the shower’

Caring for a husband with dementia is a lonely and isolating experience, Alison Bulmer says.

“People say I am strong, but I don’t feel strong a lot of the time. The shower gets a lot of my tears.”

Her husband, Paul, 57, and from Cheshire, has a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease that attacks the back of the brain.

Yes, music works wonders. But never underestimate the power of a kitten.

Love comes in all shapes, sizes and colours including small, furry, and black and white

The first two parts of this story are here, and here.

Just as the words “make a wish” come out of my mouth, Lila* walks into the living room with the cutest kitten I’ve ever seen cradled in her arms.

“Oh my goodness! Speaking of kittens, look Mom!”

“Here’s a real live one,” Shirley joins in.

“Would you like to hold the kitten Patti?” Lila offers.

Sorry, love: Harrogate care home will use ‘darling’, despite CQC warning

Skills 4 Living centre to continue to use terms of endearment, while CQC says individual preferences must be respected

A carer holding a patient’s hand. Photograph: Terry Vine/Blend Images/Corbis

A Harrogate care home has vowed to continue using terms of endearment such as “love” and “darling” in spite of a warning from inspectors.

The Harrogate Skills 4 Living centre was told to improve its caring after inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) overheard carers using terms that “could be regarded as demeaning and patronising”.

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