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    When is it time for residential care?

    My Dad also lived alone for many years and was always fiercely independant. He would always deny anything was wrong with him and do his best to carry on as normal. Unfortunately it was a few crises that turned the tables for us and for him. We initially got private carers in to visit 3...
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    Coping with grief during Alzheimer's

    I forgot to say that now would probably be a good time to look for a good care home for when your mom comes out of hospital. I know this may be the last thing you want to think of doing but it would be good to have a heads up of what your options are. Going to visit and having a look, a...
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    Coping with grief during Alzheimer's

    You have my total sympathy. It is such a cruel disease, as we watch our loved ones disappear before our eyes. I can understand the greiving you are going through, we all do, and yet the person hasn't actually died. You are losing your mother and the tables have turned so that now you are...
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    Multiple facial fractures - what happens without surgery

    Thank you all for your kind thoughts and wishes. What wonderful support you have given me. The funeral is on wednesday and we fully intend to celebrate his life, as for most of it he lived life to the full.
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    18+ months on Respiridone, any advice?

    Dad died on sunday morning. He is at peace now. Thank you for all kind words.
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    Multiple facial fractures - what happens without surgery

    Thank you all so much for your kind words. Dad died on sunday morning. He wasn't in any pain at the end and is in peace now.
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    Multiple facial fractures - what happens without surgery

    Thank you for your comments. We have decided to stop all medical treatment, the doctor was in total agreement. so now just morphine and something to keep him calm, and now we are waiting for him to pass on, and for his suffering to be over. The waiting is hard. Bless him.
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    18+ months on Respiridone, any advice?

    Thank you Shedrech. Dad is in a bad way after his fall, surgury isn't an option and along with other medical issues, we have asked the doctor to stop all treatment which she was in complete agreement with. He is now just on morphine, something to calm him and oxygen. We are now waiting for...
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    Multiple facial fractures - what happens without surgery

    Hi My Dad had a serious fall last night, falling down 8 steps landing face first. He has multiple facial fractures, Le Fort 3. He is in intensive care, they managed to get a breathing tube into him without having to do a tracheotemy. His face is just one massive swelling, black and blue...
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    18+ months on Respiridone, any advice?

    Thank you for your repsonses. Talking to mental health care team and monitoring is obviously my best bet. Last night had a serious fall and is now in Intensive care with multiple facial fractures. So other worries for now.
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    18+ months on Respiridone, any advice?

    Hi My Dad is 83, diagnosed with Alzheimers 2 years ago and living in care home for 18 months. He declined very rapidly after diagnosis. He is on Respiridone (anti physicotic), Mirtazapine (anti depressant), Memantine (moderate to severe Alzhimers), Donepazil (Arracept) Warfarin (blood...
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    Flu jab & care home policy

    Now that I have checked your name, I really hope you feel better soon Kassy. Take care.x
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    Flu jab & care home policy

    Thank you everyone for your comments. I am really glad I asked the question and have learnt more about the flu jab and it's consequences from you all. I now think it would be best for him to continue to have it, as I don't want him to feel any worse and suffer more, and certainly wouldn't want...
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    Flu jab & care home policy

    Hello When we first moved Dad into his care home 15 months ago, one of the questions on the paper work was if we wanted him to have a flu jab or not. We couldn't decide and so said yes as it was the easiest thing to do. Then last year before we knew it, he had had one. We have thought now...
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    Lorazapam and Diazapam

    Hello I am sorry that I don't have any advice directly related to Loarazpam and Diazapam, but I do have experience of my Dad being affected really badly by his medication. My Dad is on a wide variety of drugs for various things and getting the balance right is a very tricky thing. In the...
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    Looking after Ourselves....

    I am so sorry to hear about your intense sadness, and I can totally relate to it. I have been grieving for my Dad for over a year now, as this cruel disease has robbed me of my Dad that I have always looked up to and admired. I have found it very difficult to get my head around the grieving...
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    suitable activities?

    My Dad enjoys the singing vicar that comes in once a week. Music and singing seems to go down well with a lot of the residents. He did actually join in with the pancake making and flipping. Anything silly he really enjoys and laughs at. I take in old photo's which he usually likes to look at...
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    Dad very depressed and not eating much

    Thank you for your kind words. It is so good to know we are not alone and support is out there from you lovely people.
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    Jeckyll & Hyde with infections .. Why ?????????????

    My Dad too suffers with chest infections and urine infections. The care staff in the home said the urine ones were very common as the elderly often don't drink enough. As he is always happy to take his medication with a glass of water, which he takes morning and evening, they introduced a...
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    Dad very depressed and not eating much

    Hi My Dad is very very low at the moment and isn't eating much at all, refusing food at the care home, or only eating a little bit and has lost a lot of weight. I am wondering if he has just decided to give up? Has anyone else had any experience with this sort of thing? He is 82, was...