Hi, I wish there was a users manual so you could see what was coming next! My 91 year old mother with later stage dementia has been in a good nursing home here in Ireland for nearly 2 years now. Recently she was hospitalised twice, the first time with pneumonia, then a week after discharge she was taken in again with a chest infection. The good news is that the nursing home have asked me if I would prefer "comfort care" to hospital if she is taken ill again. Comfort care just means keeping the person as comfortable as they can, includes I.V fluids and oxygen as necessary. If I had been given this choice before, it might have saved my mother from the stage she is now at. After being in bed for a week at a time in hospital, she has lost the muscles (or the know how) to walk unaided. One nurse either side of her has to support her. She can't hold up her own weight. Before hospital, she used to enjoy her walks around the Home. What have others found please? I feel she will soon be one of the ones who are in reclining chairs all day, wheeled in and out to be changed and for naps. I really found it quite upsetting when I found she could not walk any more. I know its a stage of dementia, I see the others in the recliners, but I am in denial of the stages of this illness..... thanks for listening.