My father is in hospital at the moment, recovering from pneumonia (they said it was community acquired, not aspiration).
While he’s been there, they noticed his swallowing problems and offered him a PEG, but he decided against it. He can’t really speak or move, and is being spoon-fed puréed foods. He sleeps a lot and rarely opens his eyes even when he’s awake. The hospital are turning him every two hours, and need a hoist to move him out of bed, which I think they’ve only done once in the two weeks he’s been in.
We all think that although he wants to be at home, it’s reached the point where my mother (who’s in her 80s like him) can’t manage, and although the hospital has initiated a CHC assessment, even if it’s approved, I can’t imagine it will cover a round the clock nursing team at home.
I don’t know how much longer he’ll last. I don’t want to lose him, but it’s horrible to see him in this state.