Our dad has spent the last week in hospital, we thought early aspiration/chest infection problems. They put him on an antibiotic drip for a couple of days, then moved to oral antibiotics and sent him home. The Hospital at Home team visited for 2 days and are now about to discharge him back to GP care.
He looks so ill, and in the last few weeks we have seen a really rapid decline - speech has practically gone, sleep/eyes shut much more, crackly chest and phlegm, choking even on porridge. They say he is fine - on paper he is healthy - heart, lungs, pulse, bloods etc all good. Last time he was like this he recovered really well although it took a few months (in a cottage hospital) - this time just not sure how it's going to go and they say he is fine to stay at home.
Sister and me just not sure where to turn next. He lives alone too which is a worry. At what point do we need 24 hour care? He's on maximum care package now which is 2 carers x 4 slots/day. We have a Parkinson's nurse we have contacted, this seems to be the best option in our area (central Scotland) for advice and services.
Just wondering if anyone else at this stage?