My father was diagnosed 15 months ago with dementia, alzheimers and picks disease and the speed of deterioration has been frightning. After going into hospital with a urine infection in the space of 2 days he went from being able to eat/drink normally to refusing most of the time. There have been numerous tests and there is no physical reason why he can't swallow and I have read that it is part of the last stages.In 8 weeks he lost 3 stone. As a family we made a decision that my 70 yr old mother could not cope looking after him and we found a fantastic care home for him. However, he has continued to refuse a lot of food/drink and in the last 2 days has refused all food/drink. The care home have asked us to make a decision whether we want him to go to hospital to go on a drip. The move back to hospital I know that my dad would find traumatic and part of me realises that it would repeatedly happen. Hwever, if we say no to hospital we all feel that we are effectively condeming him to death. I wonder if anyone else has similar experiences.