My dad has had Alzheimers for 8 years and has been in permanent residential care for 10 months. Over the last few days he has lost the ability to swallow - food and fluid - and is now receiving palliative care. At the home he is in they have told us that it may take 2 weeks for him to die. As if this disease was not cruel enough - this seems too much to bear. As he has lost ability to communicate we do not know if he is in distress. I live a 3 hour drive away and have come home to be with my children but feel so bad to have left him in this way. Just wondering if anyone faced similar?