I can find no other way to describe this other than to say that this must surely be what a sheep feels like, being led to the Slaughter. The ‘care report’ which I receive a week before I arrive at my new client prepares me for what I am in for to a point, however, the anxiousness a carer feels in going to a new client cannot be described. I arrived at this very large home in the most incredibly beautiful setting. It’s looking good, at least I am going to have fun with my camera. I can see the stables and the horses in magnificent paddocks, a mare heavily in foal, 2 yearlings and a few others in the distance. Gosh it is beautiful, 10 acres of pristine, perfectly manicured paddocks. My client was a very successful racehorse owner, breeder and trainer, she is now 100 years old and is one seriously tough lady. eeeek (apparently does not like chit chatter so I’m thinking my ‘charm’ is not going to get me anywhere here, oh dear.) Onwards and upwards as they say! The outgoing carer has picked me up at the station and as soon as we arrive home the ‘handover’ starts…talk about information overload!!! No time for lunch, a cup of coffee or even a glass of water. She has a 24 hour routine to go through with me and it is PRECISE! I feel that churning in my stomach, I want to run out the door screaming noooooooo, I can’t do this!!! I calmly listen and try and take in as much as I can. I am still stuck on exactly where I put the glue on her teeth to put back in her mouth and she is already 10 steps ahead! I haven’t watched tv in years and somehow have never actually found myself in control of the remote and now I need to program an entire night and days worth of various sports programs for her to watch. A piece of cake right? mmmm we will see. I am quite tired now, leaving my regular client today meant I had the last 24 hours of getting everything ready for my incoming carer. Fortunately we both know her really well so it does make it easier. I was packed, ready and at the station by 10h30 this morning. It is late now and I have read the carer’s notes over and over, trying to take it all in. An elderly person does not take ‘change’ of any sort very well and when your client has dementia it is even more important that the precise routine is followed. I managed the bedtime routine reasonably well I think and tomorrow is another day.