Re: caught totally off guard
My father has dementia. I'd like to answer your questions using my dad's situation as my guide. It sounds as if your father's condition is deteriorating rather quickly. With his health failing, you should consider the nursing home route. Most communities in the U.S. have a chapter of the Alzheimer's Association near. Call them and they will guide you to the homes that provide the special care that dementia patients require. When you find the facility that you feel most comfortable with, and they have the space, you will be surprised how quickly they can move him in.
The one reality that can be hard for the family of a dementia patients to except is eventually the patient gets no benefit from being in their home environment.
I hope this helps. I would be happy to share any other thoughts with you. Good luck and may you find a few moments of peace during this time.
Last edited by Maks; 04-20-2004 at 10:15 AM.