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Mixed dementia

SidDavid

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Jul 1, 2022
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My mother in law has just been diagnosed with mixed dementia. She is 88 years old and has pretty much lost her mobility and any independence. Currently in a very good hospital ward with a brilliant consultant. There is talk of her coming home after a further period of rehab in a NHS care bed in a care home for a few weeks.
However I have concerns about what kind of package of care she would need. She is very frail, confused, sometimes lucid, other times completely detached. She is now on Memantine which I understand may help in the short term. However I have now sense of how this degeneration will progress as I know the drug doesn't reverse decline.
I am trying to understand what her outlook is given her age and general frailty. I want to support my partner as we take in this new information. The warning signs have been there for a few months but at least we now have a diagnosis.
 

Izzy

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Welcome to the forum.

I’m sorry to read about your mother in law. There should be a an assessment of her needs before she leaves hospital. If the decision is that she goes to rehab then I would imagine the same process would take place when they consider discharging her from her placement there. It sounds as if your MIL would need a high level of care after rehab. I would make sure that you have input into any discussions about her returning home.

This is a link to a Society factsheet about discharge -

 

karenbow

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May 24, 2021
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hi i am sorry to hear about your situation- it is a really difficult time- my mum was in a similar situation, totally immobile , not lucid etc etc and everything seemed so hopeless and sad and sometimes difficult decisions have to be made sometimes ones you would rather not chose- i had hosp docter telling me mum could not be cared for at home and this was the thing that broke my heart but in a way i was pleased that someone had acknowledged mum,s situation and a social worker telling me she could with carers twice daily- i took the drs advice and within weeks mum needed 24/7 care- turning every 2hrs etc etc- you have a good consultant i would follow his lead -i wish id had someone who would tell me how it was and what to expect because the two opinions have left me in turmoil still 9 months after my mum passed - it will progress you know this - all i can advise is make sure this package of care really is what your mil needs and get further advice regarding it -admiral nurses are good for this, i should have got more advice regarding mum and regret it i wish you all the bestx
 

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