Does it take for someone with dementia to recover? Or do they? Mum has had a virus and a slight temp, and even after a week of antibiotics in case Mum developed a chest infection ( she is still coughing) she is almost as just as confused and muddled. One morning she got up early, and Dad didn't hear her, ( we are guessing) she boiled the kettle and filled her hot water bottle. She went back to bed and woke with a burn and a blister on the back of her hand. Of course she doesn't remember doing it. Her hot water bottle has a cover over it, and we think when trying to fill it and probably with a shaky right hand a splash of hot water went on her left hand. This is a worry. Personally I would like to throw the hot water bottles away, but wheat bags heated in the microwave are totally foreign to Mum & Dad. We have tried them before. Dad is usually the one that fills them. She is still wobbly on her feet and calling me more often too.