My partner has been in care for 6 years now with vascular dementia. I have read the five year mortality rate from diagnosis is 61% so has already beaten that. For the first two years in care he could still call me from the phone in his room; for the next two years he could still answer his phone; another two years on the home has said he shouldn't now go out any more. He still knows who I am and who he is and can still manage to walk around the home albeit quite slowly. When I visited last he had refused to get up until I arrived at 2pm but got up pretty quick then. His food intake is right down and he has lost some weight- he is now back down to something like what his weight was when he first went into care having put on a couple of stones. Left to his own devices he does not eat much. Is it normal to say people with dementia should not go out- even in a car with their own partner. This policy sounds very weird to me. I would not yet describe his current condition as an 'end of life' state. How would anyone else describe the 'end of life' state?