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Hope you can help me with my dad

rowtalk

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Jun 13, 2014
67
Hi I have not posted for a while and I will try to keep this as short as possible, my dad is in a care home, he has been diagnosed with Vascular Dementia three years ago, he has just had a test done for his dementia (March he scored 16/30) Tuesday he scored 3/30 they have place him in the advanced stages, he is 89 has advanced cataracts, glaucoma, other degenerative eye problems, he is severely hard of hearing and keeps loosing his hearing aids, he has been given a hand held device that I have to use head phones to talk to him, he seems to be in bed all the time with the guard up, he is loosing weight and now seems to have trouble swallowing, he has arthritis, and seems to have falls, infections and is incontinent.

What I am really also having problems with is what to get him for Christmas, as he cannot see or hear properly, I have looked on the partial sight websites, I have the idea of something for his hands as he is always fidgiting, but would also like to keep his mind active if possible.

I am really sorry if this is long winded but I am really struggling with this, and am feeling so low about it all
Thanks
 

2jays

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Jun 4, 2010
11,598
West Midlands
Sorry to hear how your dad is

I made my mum a fiddle cushion that keeps her entertained.

I got a cushion, then cut up pockets from an old pair of jeans and sewed that into the cushion cover. I also sewed on ribbons, buttons - again cut from and old dress as I hate doing button holes :) I just sewed onto the cushion anything that I thought had an interesting feel or fiddle with thing

How about sewing some chain, bolt from a nut, a bobbin, some Velcro, a dry skin pompom bath thing, anything that is tactile and also stuff that is easily pleated, like ribbon, or lengths of wool.

I'm struggling with ideas for my mums Christmas pressy - but I think I will just make another fiddle cushion as she does enjoy them, that way she always has one when the other is in the wash.

xx


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Beate

Registered User
May 21, 2014
12,013
London
I think something like a twiddlemuff to keep his hands occupied might be a good idea. You'll probably fight a losing battle with trying to keep his mind active.

Whatever you end up giving him, don't expect him to understand why he's been given it - Christmas might go right over his head now.
 

rowtalk

Registered User
Jun 13, 2014
67
I think something like a twiddlemuff to keep his hands occupied might be a good idea. You'll probably fight a losing battle with trying to keep his mind active.

Whatever you end up giving him, don't expect him to understand why he's been given it - Christmas might go right over his head now.
Thanks for both your replies I will try to do this, I did omit to let you know though my dad has very large hands, the ring he wears on his wedding finger is more like a curtain ring that is the best way I can describe it so the twiddle muff might not be too good an idea, but thanks sooooo!!! much any way
 

rowtalk

Registered User
Jun 13, 2014
67
Thanks for both your replies I will try to do this, I did omit to let you know though my dad has very large hands, the ring he wears on his wedding finger is more like a curtain ring that is the best way I can describe it so the twiddle muff might not be too good an idea, but thanks sooooo!!! much any way
Dad has had another fall - 6 that I know of in as many months - this time a cut to the back of the head, no need to go to the hospital they say just closely monitored - 24 hour nursing care home - he now seems to slur and miss his words, cannot seem to get his words out properly.
It has now been made apparent that when he stands up his BP falls dramatically, they have put him on BP tablets, his GP has asked us - me and by brother (about as much use as a chocolate teapot) to decide on recessucation we have decided DNR.
His life now appears to be made up of the carers getting him cleaned and up in the morning and them plonking him in a chair outside the nurses area until its time to go back to bed - what kind of life is that??????

Thanks for listening
Row talk
 

Shedrech

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Dec 15, 2012
9,166
Yorkshire
Hi rowtalk
sorry to hear of the falls - a tough time for you all - and a tough decision made, for the best
I have much sympathy
there are many good listeners here - so post again, anytime
 

fizzie

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Jul 20, 2011
2,730
Dad has had another fall - 6 that I know of in as many months - this time a cut to the back of the head, no need to go to the hospital they say just closely monitored - 24 hour nursing care home - he now seems to slur and miss his words, cannot seem to get his words out properly.
It has now been made apparent that when he stands up his BP falls dramatically, they have put him on BP tablets, his GP has asked us - me and by brother (about as much use as a chocolate teapot) to decide on recessucation we have decided DNR.
His life now appears to be made up of the carers getting him cleaned and up in the morning and them plonking him in a chair outside the nurses area until its time to go back to bed - what kind of life is that??????

Thanks for listening
Row talk
I am so sorry and thinking of you. This is such a difficult emotional decision to make and I really do feel for you. The head bang sounds really nasty for him and life must be uphill all the way :(. Thinking of you all xxxxxx
 

rowtalk

Registered User
Jun 13, 2014
67
I am so sorry and thinking of you. This is such a difficult emotional decision to make and I really do feel for you. The head bang sounds really nasty for him and life must be uphill all the way :(. Thinking of you all xxxxxx
Thank you so much for both of your reply, yes the bump on the head is pretty nasty, ad you have to just keep plodding on.
Row talk
 

rowtalk

Registered User
Jun 13, 2014
67
Hi rowtalk
sorry to hear of the falls - a tough time for you all - and a tough decision made, for the best
I have much sympathy
there are many good listeners here - so post again, anytime
Hi I had a phone call from the council house yesterday from a lady who goes to the home regarding patients who are considered as loosing or lost there mental ability to speak for themselves, and wanted to know if they could nominate me to speak out for my dad as he is in her books as she went to visit him earlier today as being lost this ability.

I said that I would do this and met her today at the home to explain more about him and also give my concerns over the home as far as care was concerned, I also have a meeting on Friday with CHC to see how this works.

Thanks for listening
 

Shedrech

Volunteer Moderator
Dec 15, 2012
9,166
Yorkshire
So glad your concerns are now being heard, rowtalk.
You are doing so well by your dad.
I hope the meeting about CHC goes well. Do let us know :)
 

rowtalk

Registered User
Jun 13, 2014
67
So glad your concerns are now being heard, rowtalk.
You are doing so well by your dad.
I hope the meeting about CHC goes well. Do let us know :)
Thank you Shedrech, the meeting seems to have gone well, but they think that he will only be awarded the Nursing part of it £112? I have read somewhere that if he gets this that his AA will stop? I also had email correspondence from the audiologist who is going to go to the home and reassess him. I found him today quite a way from his room sitting on a chair in a corridor, I have no idea how he got there but I asked if he could come back to outside his room as they are suppose to be keeping a eye on him??? I am getting to hate this home more and more and am seriously thinking of moving him to somewhere a lot nearer to me, but they are probably all the same??
Thanks Rowtalk
 

loux

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Jan 18, 2016
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hi am sorry but do they not have any activities on or staff who can do one to ones with your dad ? They need to try stimulate him as just leaving him sat there all day no interactions or activity etc is in my opinion abuse . just because someone as communication difficulties doesnt mean they cant do anything all day x