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Member # 1659
 - posted January 02, 2011 11:14
____ This where I want to goooo.

Member # 4924
 - posted January 02, 2011 12:36
wtf, is it standard practice not to give people in nursing homes unhealthy food.

I would think that they aer the only age group that should eat whatever they want. Dprive them of chocolate cake to squeeze a few more months out of thier ticker.

Screw that. Let them die happy.
Member # 392
 - posted January 02, 2011 19:33
I wholeheartedly agree Ash. My goodness! If a person is near the end of their life let them enjoy whatever food they want!
Member # 2950
 - posted January 02, 2011 20:06
I totally agree with both of you above, but I think the real point is the realisation/discovery that if you keep the poor confused Alzheimer's sufferers happy (with comfort foods, or dolls or "pets" or even simply films and games) they have happier and less distressed lives... and thus are easier to care for - seems an obvious suggestion and a total win/win/win for sufferers, carers and relatives to me.

As usual it took some "expert study" to basically confirm what most of should instinctively know - happy patients are easier to deal with than distressed ones - doh!

I particularly liked the comment about fake bus stops at German nursing homes... let the distressed ones wait for a bus until they forget why they are leaving/where they are going and then just gently encourage them back inside the home... seems cruel on some levels - but not as cruel as trying to force an elderly/distressed/confused person back into the unit against their will...

Dementia is a terrible disease and if you are like me the one I fear most - compared to losing your faculties/memories and eventually self awareness even the most terminal diseases seem less frightening. If the simple things such as chocolate and kid's films and simple games can ease the lives of the poor afflicted sufferers then let them have it I say - to ease the lives of those who have to care for them as much as those affected by it...
Member # 1659
 - posted January 03, 2011 03:13
____ Lets face it most advanced care facilities are a dictatorship from the head nurse, down. The patient becomes the family dog. IF the daily chores are spread through out the day, couldn't staffing be more even. Same numbers of staff all day? Why do Nursing homes insist that beds and patient bathing be done before a certain time? Lets be truthful the sense of time can become very confusing, if every day is exactly like the one before.

____ The dark colored carpet in front of the elevators could become a standard feature at nursing homes, as that is the cheapest to implement.
Member # 2340
 - posted January 04, 2011 11:24
Must admit that when my mom was dying, I gave her anything she wanted. A martini with lunch fine. Potstickers for breakfast, let me run to the store and get some wonton wrappers. When you are close to the end you don't need rules, you need some pleasures.
Member # 736
 - posted January 04, 2011 18:58
A late-stage dementia patient lives in the now in ways none of us can comprehend. A fake bus stop might seem like a cruel joke to we who have our minds intact, but to someone with advanced dementia, they really aren't going to comprehend what's going on. They'll just take comfort in the fact that they are waiting for the bus. Likewise, a late-stage dementia patient isn't going to understand that excess candy is bad for their teeth or their diabetes or whatever - when you can't remember who your own children are, how are you supposed to understand the long-term consequences of a short-term pleasure? You'd understand the denial of the candy, of course, but not understanding why the candy is being denied is just going to get really stressful and the consequences of that are likely worse than the chocolate.

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