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Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by Eviejt, Dec 2, 2015.

  1. Eviejt

    Eviejt Registered User

    Dec 2, 2014
    15
    Hi All,

    I have made a visit here as I am looking for good respite care in the West Yorks area if anyone has any recommendations. WE don't need nursing care as such as my uncle is quite independent. Its getting urgent so anywhere that can assist quickly would be an absolute godsend.

    But, having read some of the threads I can see some of the problems he has that may be related to Dementia rather than a undiagnosed physical problem.

    Gurgling voice, mainly on an evening. (What is this?)
    Problems eating, feeling the need to be sick or "get out" the food he has swallowed.
    Eating very little but less problem getting sweet food down!! Hes lost weight.
    Hes struggling to take or keep the tablets down which doesn't help either.

    We have spoken to doctors, social workers and specialists for his stomach (he'll be having an endoscopy soon but as its not a problem for all foods I suspect its not physical) and no one has linked these things to Dementia.

    Its eased my concerns a little - the social worker has suggested his current living arrangements (with me until a permanent place which can meet his needs without removing his independence prematurely) are causing him unhappiness and he might be better living in an area where we could visit once a month.

    Thanks, its still hard work but it'll be easier now I understand it a little better.
     
  2. Sue J

    Sue J Registered User

    Dec 9, 2009
    8,035
    Hi Eviejit

    What you are describing sounds like swallowing problems and they may well be physical. The fact that it is not always a problem doesn't mean there isn't a physical cause. Symptoms can be very erratic in their presentation. Swallowing problems, as you may well have read are common in dementia.

    Maybe you could try and get a referral to SALT - speech and language therapist who can advise on swallowing issues too.

    Best wishes and hope you find some respite.
    Sue
     
  3. LeedsLass

    LeedsLass Registered User

    Oct 13, 2014
    107
    Essex
    Is North Leeds area any good to you?

    I can recommend where my Mum is. If you message me, I can let you have details.

     
  4. Shedrech

    Shedrech Volunteer Moderator

    Dec 15, 2012
    8,088
    Yorkshire
    Hi Eviejt
    and welcome to TP
    I too am in West Yorkshire - are you looking for respite for a week or 2 - or as an opening for a long term placement?
     
  5. Eviejt

    Eviejt Registered User

    Dec 2, 2014
    15
    That would be wonderful leedslass, unfortunately I can't pm you as I have under 10 posts so far, could you try to pm me and and I may receive it.
     
  6. Eviejt

    Eviejt Registered User

    Dec 2, 2014
    15
    Respite initially for 2 weeks, if he settled really well and was happy to stay we would reconsider to a long term. If not I'd be happy just for a break.
     
  7. Shedrech

    Shedrech Volunteer Moderator

    Dec 15, 2012
    8,088
    Yorkshire
    I'm in the Kirklees area - anywhere near where you want to be?
     

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