Hi, I have posted a couple of times in the past, but usually I just read other people's postings and have gained alot of help from just doing that. I will try to make this as short as possible and hope that you will bear with me. My Mum broke her hip approx. 2 years ago, she has been diagnosed with Dementia approx. 2 yrs and has been in a Care Home since February this year when my Dad died. Approx 9 weeks ago she was admitted to hospital to have the screws replaced in her repaired hip as they had become displaced - things have gone dramatically down hill since. General wards in hospitals cannot cope with patients with Dementia, she was shouting all night long and then approx. 7 days after her op. she developed MRSA in the wound. She was then put in a side ward, but she was eating and drinking very little, she became dehydrated and she was put on a drip but numerous times she pulled it out. Mum was transferred to a Community Hospital which specialises in treating the elderly and to be honest I thought she would be better off there as I thought they would be used to Dementia, this was not the case, she was sent back to the Care Home a week last Tuesday and admitted to hosptal the next night dehydrated and with an acute water infection which made the confusion worse. Since then she has hardly eaten or drunk anything, my sister and I have been going in at meal times to help her feed but with very little success. They cannot get any medication into her as she just will not take it. I have been with her this afternoon she is very drowsy and it is soul destroying she is laying on her bed with the sides up, she is rattling and shaking the sides. The Doctor came to try and put a drip in her foot ( without success) but she kicked him, she hit a nurse who was changing her bed and she lashed out at me - she called the nurse a filthy dog. My Mum was one of the nicest mild mannered ladies you could find. I don't know how much longer this can go on, what I do know is Dementia is an absolute pig of an illness. Sorry for going on and on. Take Care everyone.