Improvement in capacity since being in care home

jackdog35

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Aug 21, 2022
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My mum’s been in a care home for about three months now. Before that she was in hospital for seven weeks. She seemed so ill at home some days I didn’t think she had much longer and her capacity was severely reduced along with poor appetite and strange behaviour. Now she’s in a care home she has improved so much and even seems a bit like her old self. She has vascular dementia diagnosed about a year and a half ago. Is this normal for things to improve?
 

Kevinl

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If she was living alone then it can be difficult to stay motivated when it comes to cooking for one, take it from me. It's nearly the same as cooking for 2 or 3.
Shopping is the same, you just buy smaller packs and less of some things, still the same walk to and round the shops and there isn't a cup of coffee waiting for you when you get home, you have to make that too.
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yoy

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My mum has been in her care home about a year now, and I think she is much better in herself now than when she was at home. I think being alone was probably boring, de-motivating and sometimes frightening for her, and that now there are people around all the time she tends to seem brighter in herself.
 

jackdog35

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She lived with my dad but he wasn’t coping and her personal care had really gone downhill and she wasn’t motivated to do anything. He was practically forcing her to eat and drink and she wasn’t really talking or wanting to see friends and was starting to have continence issues. Now she seems a different person. I just hope the social worker doesn’t think she’s well enough to go home as she’ll just slip back to how she was
 

northumbrian_k

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The clue to this is in the title of your post. She has improved since being in a care home. It is logical to conclude that it is the care home that has made the difference. Taking her out of that environment would certainly make things worse. One would hope that any social worker would know this but if not you can make that argument.
 

Bod

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My mum’s been in a care home for about three months now. Before that she was in hospital for seven weeks. She seemed so ill at home some days I didn’t think she had much longer and her capacity was severely reduced along with poor appetite and strange behaviour. Now she’s in a care home she has improved so much and even seems a bit like her old self. She has vascular dementia diagnosed about a year and a half ago. Is this normal for things to improve?
Exactly what happened to my father, a few weeks in, his skin condition had gone, a little weight put on, he looked better than he had done for years.
The Home had been able to medicate him properly, with his skin cream, at home he wouldn't allow any cream to be used, regular food made a real difference as well.

Bod