She said: “My whole life was flipped upside-down overnight, and I really struggled with having to look after mum. The adult social care system can be complicated, even for somebody without dementia, and it felt hard to navigate at first.”
The RAF quickly offered Rosie a more flexible working arrangement, and she now looks after Dawn two days a week and at weekends while working the rest of the week in Central London.
Shortly after Dawn’s diagnosis, Rosie found out about a research group organised by the RAF Association and Alzheimer’s Society. She attended a workshop at the RAF Association’s head office, and discovered that she wasn’t the only person serving in the RAF to experience difficulties as a carer.
Rosie said: “It was great to see this issue is being recognised. Everyone in the group told their stories and got involved in suggesting ways in which things could be improved for people with Alzheimer’s and their families. It made me realise I wasn’t alone in feeling overwhelmed by the demands of being a carer.”