My Mum is 82 and in the late stages of dementia. She is generally able to mobilise and walk albeit slowly. Last Monday her carers called for an ambulance as she was lying half out of the bed when they arrived in the morning and was indicating pain when they were helping her to sit. She was admitted to hospital where she was diagnosed with constipation and a suspected UTI (she is doubly incontinent). She did not do well in hospital, she was very resistant to care, she refused to get out/ attempt to get out of bed and she refused to eat and drink. After discussion with her doctor it was agreed that being in hospital was causing most of these problems and as the constipation and uti had been treated she was discharged home on Thursday. She arrived home via hospital transport on a stretcher and totally out of it, after telephoning the hospital we found out that she had been being given Lorazepam to calm her and allow the nurses to carry out her care. (Thursday morning the OT had phoned and said that herself and the physio had managed to get mum to sit on the edge of the bed but that she would not stand.) Since she has been home she is eating and drinking very little and only when spoon fed and is unable to sit (she shouts out and won't straighten up) when assisted by her carers. Her carers are excellent but I wonder how long we can go on like this, she could apparently sit on Thursday morning and up to her admission just under a week ago, could both sit and walk? I really am not sure what to think/ do?