My Dad and his Dementia - If anyone can advise me???

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by rowtalk, Apr 20, 2015.

  1. rowtalk

    rowtalk Registered User

    Jun 13, 2014
    67
    Hello

    I have not been on this for a while, but decided to start a new thread, my mother passed away in March 2013 in a residential home with Dementia as one of the items on the death certificate. My dad was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia December 2012 he had his own home but has been in a Nursing/Care home for just over a year and is self funding with the proceeds of his home sale (which is disappearing fast)
    The main reason I need some advise is two weeks ago he has developed a rather nasty water infection (he is incontinent/has arthritis/catharacts/gloucoma/and is deaf in both ears) and started a course of antibiotics then a chest infection with more antibiotics, he has been bed ridden since, he started another antibiotic last week, he is talking a lot of gibberish and is not really eating and drinking properly, he is a big man (88) and the last time his Dementia was reviewed it is on the borderline of Moderate, I am really worried that this is the start of being permanently in bed as he seems to be getting very stiff
    Any advise will be helpful
    Thanks
    Rowtalk
     
  2. LadyA

    LadyA Registered User

    Oct 19, 2009
    13,451
    Ireland
    What does the Doctor say? It could be the infections having an impact - unfortunately, as I'm sure you know, infections usually do have an impact on the dementia. I know with my own husband, he would be much more confused etc. when he has an infection and although he would get "better" again when the infection was cleared, he never would get back quite to where he was before the infection.
     
  3. rowtalk

    rowtalk Registered User

    Jun 13, 2014
    67
    Thank you LadyA
    The doctor has seen my dad several times since his infection and just says he has to be given time to let the antibiotics work - but which ones he has had three different strong ones now and has had thrush in his mouth as a result?
    Like you say this is probably a result of the infection and will just have to wait and see I will go and visit tomorrow and see how he is see which of me he sees tomorrow he thinks there is two of me already
    Thanks for the reply
     
  4. LadyA

    LadyA Registered User

    Oct 19, 2009
    13,451
    Ireland
    Sounds like he has been very ill, and at his age, it's bound to have a major affect on him. Maybe talk to the staff at the home, get their impressions of how he is doing?
     
  5. rowtalk

    rowtalk Registered User

    Jun 13, 2014
    67
    I will thank you :)
     
  6. rowtalk

    rowtalk Registered User

    Jun 13, 2014
    67
    I went to see him today they have got him out of bed (the gentleman who got him out said that he thought he looked better out as his chest was worst lying down)
    I must say I am not happy with his progress, he wanted a shower so they were going to sort that out, but he had taken out his teeth and hearing aids so he is almost impossible to communicate with.
    I was told that he had eaten, and I bought him lots of drinks in, but if there is still little progress when I go again on Thursday I am going to have to ask what happens next???
    I am soooooo worried about him
     

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