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Anyone ever experience Hospitals do not feed advanced dementia patients?
Posted: Monday, January 30, 2023 3:55 PM
Joined: 1/30/2023
Posts: 1

I recently found out that Stonybrook University Hospital did not want to feed my mom but wanted to keep her hospitalized for a week claiming they were waiting for her UTI test results?
Posted: Monday, January 30, 2023 4:09 PM
Joined: 3/11/2019
Posts: 36

UTI test results have come back the same day for my father if taken early.  Do they have any other concerns that they've shared with you?
Posted: Monday, January 30, 2023 4:28 PM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 3802

Blossom Pearl, yes, I have seen this happen. In fact, one lady was not eating, and they told her son she needed a feeding tube.  Wonder if she would have eaten if he came and fed her.  I did feed my mother when she was in the hospital, or her paid caregiver fed her.  

Feeding people takes a long time which the hospital aids and nurses do not have.  I observed dementia patients fed in nursing homes.  They roll them in on their wheelchairs and place them on one side of a table.  The aid sits on the other side and feeds them all.  

With today's staff shortages I'm sure many hospitals are like the one you mention. 

I prayed for you and your mother.  

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