1. Expert Q&A: Benefits - Weds 23 October, 3-4pm

    Our next expert Q&A will be on the topic of benefits. It will be hosted by Lauren from our Knowledge Services team. She'll be answering your questions on Wednesday 23 October between 3-4pm.

    You can either post your question >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll be happy to ask them on your behalf.

  1. Susan11

    Susan11 Registered User

    Nov 18, 2018
    1,517
    You hear so much on this site about CHs and the fear and dread of going into one I thought I'd share a little story about my Mum's CH.
    I got a call yesterday from my Mum's care home about the fact that she would only sit down for a few minutes at lunch and then wonder off before her meal was served and that she didn't like puddings. Her weight was falling and she didn't have enough energy. Anyway they have found a solution to the problem. As soon as she sits down they put a plate of food in front of her which she eats and then instead of a pudding she has another main course which she is eating. She has started to put on the lost weight and is staying awake longer during the day. They have obviously thought this through and found a solution specially for Mum. I feel she is much better eating in the dining room at a table with her friends.
    I just wanted to say Care homes are not always something to be feared.
     
  2. Cat27

    Cat27 Volunteer Moderator

    Feb 27, 2015
    10,217
    Merseyside
  3. Bunpoots

    Bunpoots Registered User

    Apr 1, 2016
    3,035
    Nottinghamshire
    That's good news @Susan11 :)

    I always felt my dad's carehome pulled out all the stops to make it a happy place for the residents. There are good ones out there :)
     
  4. ANITRAM

    ANITRAM Registered User

    Feb 2, 2019
    28
    I agree some care homes can be very good . My MIL has just passed away and I take comfort in knowing that she was so well looked after in her CH . She loved ice cream and in her final weeks when she wouldn’t eat they regularly tempted her with an ice cream cornet throughout the day . Those calories were better than no calories. I am still on TP as I still can’t let you go - it’s become an habit to sign on when I get a cup of tea x
     
  5. Lorna44

    Lorna44 Registered User

    Jul 16, 2016
    176
    Female
    Surrey
    My mum was really looked after well in her home, when her appetite was waning they did so much to try and tempt her...... even on several occasions going to the local Macdonald's to get her favourite Big Mac and strawberry milkshake. Bless them. X
     
  6. Sirena

    Sirena Registered User

    Feb 27, 2018
    1,662
    Female
    I agree about the benefits of care homes. My mother's CH is lovely and I think she's really lucky to be there. She has been underweight for a few years but the CH are keeping her weight stable. If she doesn't want what is served they will get her something else (an omelette, egg on toast) so they ensure she does eat something. They serve home-made cake every afternoon and she does tend to eat that willingly!
     
  7. silversea2020

    silversea2020 Registered User

    May 12, 2019
    81
    My late mums care home was brilliant - such great friendly staff who really DID care for the residents - my mum told me one day how one of the residents appeared a little upset and a carer gave them such a big, big hug and said that the staff ‘really do care’....it was so lovely to hear that from my mom - she enjoyed home cooked food there and if she didn’t fancy the choices given, they’d let her have something else she fancied instead....such a great care home
     

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