- May 22, 2015
Sigh. Same here. 5 times shes been moved and every nurse/doctor/sister I have had to tell again and again about helping feed and prompting with drink and that shes doublely incontinent.I'm glad to hear your mother is nearly ready to come home, hospital is not a good environment for people with dementia (although obviously sometimes necessary). I hope the medication works during the night.
I wouldn't compare respite with a hospital stay though. Respite should be aware of her needs and have time to deal with them. My mother spent 10 days in hospital and the care assistants could not comprehend that she needed help eating and drinking, they just kept noting that she wasn't doing either despite me telling them every time I went in. They also decided she was incontinent, but actually she just needed prompting to go to the loo, and help to get there. Whereas in her care home the carers are entirely on the case with all these things and give her all the help she needs.
No, what I meant was the way she has been herself in hospital does not bode well for any respite as she cannot be away from me for a minute without getting so distressed and I have hated to see how upset shes been being away from me so I just couldn't do it to her. X