My dad passed away in May in hospital as a result of dementia. I was shocked at the attitude of health professionals. They seemed to think that he wasn't worth helping. He was denied food because they said he would choke on it and we had to watch him get weaker and weaker over a period of 4 weeks. It was obvious they would not let him get out of it. He was also denied any form of water for the last 4 days of his life. I think an animal would have been treated better. My dad relied on rivastigmine, couldn't function without it and it took the hospital 2 weeks before they got in on a patch for him. There seemed to be a real lack of understanding about his condition. I felt he would have been better off at home, but we had sent him into respite care because I had got sick and couldn't look after him. Has anyone else had a similar bad experience with hospitals? I was wondering if this is a common way to treat people with Alzheimers? i just wish I hadn't been trying to do too much, coping with a full-time job and taking over from mum and looking after him when I got home.