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    In-home carers not allowed to lift patient after fall?

    Hmmm...puzzling. TBH I'm pleased that they are prepared to, as it would avoid a repeat of the previous situation when my father was left lying on a hard floor for more than 4 hours before the ambulance arrived. It's also a strong argument for a care home over a live-in carer, who would not be...
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    In-home carers not allowed to lift patient after fall?

    Interesting feedback from visiting 2 residential care homes yesterday. When asked about how they dealt with falls, both said that they would lift the resident (probably requiring either 2 people or a hoist). This seems to be at odds with the advice given earlier on this post. Does anyone know...
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    In-home carers not allowed to lift patient after fall?

    So the situation has changed a little...Dad fell again a few days ago and was taken to hospital as it clearly wasn't safe to leave him at home. The hospital has just advised us that he seems to have had a series of "mini heart attacks", which may have explained some or all of the falls. He is...
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    In-home carers not allowed to lift patient after fall?

    Yes I agree that the live-in carer would be an ideal way to provide help for both Mum and Dad. The problem is that, from a safety point of view, I can see a risk of my Dad repeatedly falling and left lying for hours until an ambulance arrives to help him. Since he has fallen 4-5 times in the...
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    In-home carers not allowed to lift patient after fall?

    One of the medics who attended to my father the last time he fell told me that live-in carers would not usually provide overnight assistance (e.g. if Dad went wandering and fell during the night, which he does on a regular basis), as they have designated "downtime" for obvious reasons. That also...
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    In-home carers not allowed to lift patient after fall?

    Good grief I had no idea that care homes wouldn't be able to lift him either. Does the same apply to nursing homes? Unfortunately my Dad doesn't even recognise the zimmer frame as an aid - he just ignores it or pushes it to one side, and he is not able to understand or remember instructions to...
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    In-home carers not allowed to lift patient after fall?

    My 93-year-old Mum is no longer able to cope with my 88-year-old Dad, who has advanced Alzheimer's. He no longer knows where he is, nor does he recognise anyone (including my Mum). He needs help with every aspect of day-to-day life (dressing, washing, eating, toilet, etc), and in the last couple...
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    Excessive bowel movements in advanced Alzheimers

    The GP visited today, and I told him about the carer's comments. He said he didn't understand why the carer would have said this, as he's never heard of a situation where the patient loses the ability to digest solids. He said he would only recommend a liquid diet if he had a problem eating or...
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    Excessive bowel movements in advanced Alzheimers

    Thanks for the replies. The paperless WC sounds like a really good idea, but I think it would freak out my Dad - he's probably run a mile. And at >£2k it's probably too much of a gamble. I hadn't heard of Ensure - do you know if that sort of thing can be used as a sole source of nutrition?
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    Excessive bowel movements in advanced Alzheimers

    My father is 87 and has advanced Alzheimers. He wears incontinence pads, but recently food has been passing straight through his system and my 93-year old mother has been struggling with cleaning up an awful mess every couple of days. He's lost alot of weight, and has lost interest in eating...
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    Dad refuses to let Mum wash him

    That's interesting. Do you know if care home staff have fewer restrictions on what they are able to do - e.g. are in-home care agencies prevented from manhandling patients, whereas care home staff are not?
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    Any way to block access to stairs if a chair lift is fitted?

    Many thanks for that - I will indeed contact the stairlift company. Has your husband seen any similar setups which have proved workable?
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    Dad refuses to let Mum wash him

    Thanks for your feedback. Yes I think we'll need to try a carer. My only reservation is that when they had a couple of Hilton Nurses looking after him at home following a recent hospital visit they simply backed off when he resisted being showered - i.e. said that they couldn't help. So the...
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    Any way to block access to stairs if a chair lift is fitted?

    My 87-year old father has late-stage Alzheimer's (needs help with every aspect of day-to-day life), and has recently fallen a couple of times at home.My 93-year old mother cares for him (and is currently refusing any external help). My concern is that Dad will fall down the stairs. While they...
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    Dad refuses to let Mum wash him

    My Dad has late-stage Alzheimer's. He no longer recognises anyone, and requires help with dressing, eating, washing, toilet needs, etc. My 93-year-old mother is his carer, and has so far refused to accept any help from a carer. Mum is now struggling to keep Dad clean, which is a concern as he...
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    Hospital releasing Alzheimer's patient who is unable to stand or walk

    Thanks for that - really useful advice. It's another option which may prove to be really important if they want to turf him out again. Still waiting for calls back from SS and PALS. I'm beginning to realise how busy they might be dealing with these sorts of problems :0(
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    Hospital releasing Alzheimer's patient who is unable to stand or walk

    Thanks Bunpoots - it's always good to hear that there's someone else in the same boat as you. I'm not sure whether a Section 2 will be an option for Dad as he's already been diagnosed with Alzheimer's (about 2 years ago). Is that true, or do you know if it would still be possible? It would...
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    Hospital releasing Alzheimer's patient who is unable to stand or walk

    Many thanks for the info and links. I managed to speak to the doctor working on my father's case this evening, and he assured me that there was no way my father would be sent home. Rather worryingly, he wasn't aware that he had Alzheimer's until I told him. He was also going off duty 20 minutes...
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    Hospital releasing Alzheimer's patient who is unable to stand or walk

    Thanks for the responses. I haven't tried Social Services (in part because they haven't helped much in the past). As any care would need to be self-funded presumably SS wouldn't be interested in helping?
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    Hospital releasing Alzheimer's patient who is unable to stand or walk

    My father is 87 and has advanced Alzheimer's. He no longer recognises any family members, and requires help with every aspect of day-to-day life (dressing, washing, eating, toilet, etc). He is basically mobile but shuffles around very slowly. He is also doubly incontinent. My mother, who is 93...