Recovery after hospital

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by Pitcher15, Oct 29, 2015.

  1. Pitcher15

    Pitcher15 Registered User

    Dec 23, 2012
    18
    Bridport, dorset
    Hi all,
    I don't know what else to do! Dad got rushed to hospital Saturday night after a seizure caused by a uti. Scariest moment in my life. He came out last night and seems very perky in himself, however his mobility is bad. He used to wander up and down the stair quite happily and to the bathroom but he can't without help now. I believe he attempted to get out of bed last night but I found him on the floor. I'm at my wits end, I spent all last night checking on him and I am worried stiff to leave him. I have to go back to work next week and I don't know how dad will be. Has anyone else had this problem? If so how long did it take to recover?
    Any help would be appreciated!
    Sarah x
     
  2. Stresshead

    Stresshead Registered User

    Sep 13, 2014
    96
    Sorry to hear about your father I know how worrying it is, especially when you are working as well. My dad was in hospital recently with a double infection ( no seizure) for 5 weeks. The first week he came home he was absolutely dreadful to the point where we were preparing ourselves for the worst. He couldn't hold his own weight or walk at all, amongst other things. He has since improved a lot although sadly not back to the baseline he was at before the admission.

    Hospital does seem to affect people with dementia quite badly. Not sure why but maybe somebody else on here can advise. Also infections are known to accelerate the condition. My dad has had numerous infections and hospital admissions this year and has always pretty much bounced back but this one has had more of an affect on him. He is however 84 and I've just been told is in the later stages of Alzheimer's.

    I hope your dad returns to how he was before. But it may be a sign that you need to make plans for support for him whilst you're at work.

    I hope things go well for you.

    Wishing you strength xx


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  3. susy

    susy Registered User

    Jul 29, 2013
    801
    North East
    Has his mobility reduced to a point now where using a frame to walk with might help? Hopefully he will recover but he may not. I would think about getting him assessed by an occupational therapist for a frame and encourage him to use it.
    I never thought my dad would get used to his frame but he very quickly did. At first we had to remind him to use it but now he just uses it. He is so much steadier. He also goes at 100 miles an hour rather that 0.000001.
    Good luck x
     
  4. Pitcher15

    Pitcher15 Registered User

    Dec 23, 2012
    18
    Bridport, dorset
    Thanks for your messages. Unfortunately he is now back in hospital, I made the decision that I could not care for him. I couldn't physically move him to change his pad so we've made the incredibly hard decision to put him in a care home. We just couldn't supply the care he needed and were making ourselves ill trying. I feel so guilty and scared about the future but almost relieved.
     
  5. lin1

    lin1 Registered User

    Jan 14, 2010
    9,320
    Female
    East Kent
    Please try not to feel guilty , you have obviously tried very hard and done your level best.
     
  6. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    10,800
    Female
    South coast
    Do not feel guilty Pitcher. If you cant move him then he needs hoisting and you shouldnt be expected to lift him.
    TBH the hospital should never have allowed him home without adequate support if his mobility was that poor. I am surprised that he was not put on a reablement scheme, which is usually about 6 weeks, to see how much he would recover. If hes back in hospital now try and push for that.
     

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