I'm a next of kin and used to be the sole caregiver for my mum. She's now comfortably settled in a carehome and both our lives have improved. I am worried though. Mum is comparartively young for someone with Alzheimer's (70+) and she had a hip replacement 15 years ago. You know what they say, first one goes then the other, and maybe the replacements don't last indefinitely.
Mum's fallen a couple of times in the home. I'm starting to think, what if she were to need a new hip, or two? We managed to get one of her eyes cleared of cataracts before the dementia progressed: the surgeon seemed to think it wasn't worth the trouble, if she wasn't reading books so much anymore
Would an orthopaedic surgeon even be willing to operate on a 70+ lady with Alzheimer's?
Mum probably wouldn't be able to manage the physiotherapy afterwards.
Does anyone have any insights into this problem: arthritis + hip replacements + dementia?