My mum had a fall in the care home last week, and I spent many hours in A & E with her . I lost count of the times a new nurse or doctor would pop in and start to ask mum questions, to which I said 'you do know she has dementia?' My mum broke a bone in her thumb and has aggrivated her arthritis in her hip, but it doesn't look like she broke anything in the hip. However, the specialist said that the hip was so bad with arthritis, the only option was a complete hip replacement, but that he agreed that with mum's various health problems and with the dementia, we'd hold off doing the op until she get's in too much pain for the pain killers to cope. I pray she manages with the painkillers. I reckon if she had to go in, I'd have to camp beside her bed, as I just don't see how she would cope alone. Don't get me wrong, the doctors and particularly the nurses were marvellous, but they just didn't seem to know what dementia meant and thought that they could talk to my mum like they would any other person.