Just found this community so thought I'd say hello
My wife suffered a brain heamorrhage 18 months ago, and has been home from hospital for 9 months now. Her physical recovery has been excellent, but her cognitive state is still severely impaired. She has both expressive and receptive aphasia which makes communication anywhere between extremely difficult and impossible. Naturally, she finds this frustrating, and often infuriating.
Even though she has pretty good physical health and mobility, she can't really be independent for anything other than an hour or two in the home. Small tasks often require assistance if something becomes too frustrating, or she may lose sight of being safe and need to be rescued from her own lack of awareness.
I care for her full time, and as you can imagine, I'm finding it really hard. I've managed to hold onto a tiny bit of my work (self-employed, work from home thank goodness) but it's not enough to keep us afloat. I applied for carer's allowance nearly 5 months ago, and after being denied at first (because I earned too much money - wait for it - BEFORE I became a carer) it's now under mandatory reconsideration, and has been for more than 3 months.
I won't bore you with the little details - I'm sure everyone here's got enough story to tell that we could start a library. Just saying hello really. It's nice to be here, thanks for having me.