I will admit I am not much of a fan of Christmas anymore despite now having children.. Things just arent the same anymore.. Chirstmas in the 80's was a lot better from the music, to the family get togthers, the fact that shops generally shut over Christmas, Christmas TV, the simple gifts that kept children happy.
Today all kids want are expensive gifts and more .. Shops are only closed for 1 day (except local corner shops) and people still go mad and shop like there is no tomorrow.. Family get togthers barely happen any more ... Reminders of family members no longer with us.
I can understand a little what it is like to be a carer for someone who has momery problems. I am one of the carers for my mum along with my dad and 2 other family members. First we thought she had Aleimers and had some tests to see if this was the case - they were on the fence as to wether or she has this and was given medication to try and help. Fast forward a few months and she is now in hospital - been there for just over 6 weeks as she was taken ill with a bad chest infection and high blood sugars, she is diabetic and wheel char bound. Since being in hospital they have done all sorts of tests and this is still ongoing, they found out she has fluid on the brain, this may be effecting her memory and ability to walk (that went 20 years ago) and this has been going on for years.
On top of all that is is now certain that she will never be able to eat again (another suspected complication of fluid on the brain) and is going to have a peg feed put in, getting her to understand all this with her memory loss is very difficut to say the least, when we mention the peg feed to her all she keeps saying is that she doesnt like pegs.
I can understand the relief some adapted furniture can bring along with adaptions in the house, my mum had an adapted bathroom put in a year ago after a fall, she broke her shoulder and this brought to light the struggles we had trying to get a wheelchair bound person in and out of a bath. At this moment in time we are in the process of changing thier flat around and swapping rooms in preperation for more medical equipment such as a hoist and a special bed similar to hospital beds for when she eventually comes home. We also have to have some training on how to feed mum through her tube and how to keep it clean etc.
Just searched Party Time on the apple store and come up with a slot game called "Slots" which is a 3 reeled game with Crosses and Bars and has some sort of feature. There is always the Bar X one as well but not sure if that's available anymore.
I am glad this has worked out for you, I have nothing but contempt for ATOS. I have read a report by a nurse who used to work for them doing the medical's, she was told to lie and disregard all medical reports from people doctors, she couldn't carry on doing this and quit her job. I have also read about people turning up in wheelchairs made fit for work, as long as they could use their arms they could hold a pen and do a job, also if they were properly dressed they were passed fit for work.
A friend of the family worked for a Tesco's on the checkouts for many years. Over the past few years he was put on anti depressants and strong pain killers for his knees. Tesco found out and they gave him 2 choices - quit or we will sack you as they pills he was on was too strong and had some funny side effects. He was placed on incapacity benefit ( after years paying into the state) and then he was put on the new ESA.
He had to go to work related interviews and the man running it told him to appeal against ATOS first decision ( the found him fit for work), he is in his 50's, has bad depression and has problems with his knees. He went back to ATOS who accepted he had problems but they still found him fit for work - he received a letter 8 weeks after going back to ATOS saying he was put back on the work support group. He was told he had been over paid as he should have been put back on JSA weeks ago, he has to pay the overpayment back out of his JSA despite the DWP saying it wasn't his fault as he didn't receive the letter telling him to go back on JSA. He also had to reclaim housing benefit under JSA as they stopped paying it as his ESA has been stopped - again he wasn't told and he couldn't do anything about it as it had been over 1 month. The DWP knew weeks ago but my mate found out last week by letter from the DWP. He is know £700 odd in debt due to this mess up by no fault of his own. His housing benefit has been reduced to pay for the over payment and he has to find £60 odd a month to top his rent out of the JSA as well as having deductions from the ESA overpayments taken out.
Sorry to hijack this thread and I am hoping it works out for my mate like it worked out for you.