My Dad is in his mid 80's and had PD for about 10 years. He is now virtually bed ridden and requires help with food and the loo.
He was admitted to hospital after a rapid deterioration in his health. All his vital indicators are now stable, although he still complains terribly about the cold. He loved the bear-hugger blanket, but the hospital staff would not allow him to keep it as his temperature reached normal. They removed it and it immediately his temperature dropped again, but rather than give him the bear-hugger back (which he absolutely loved), they just wrapped another blanket around his feet (which already had thick fleece socks to accompany the beanie and gloves!!)
He is coming home today along with a range of drugs for 'end of life'. He is really excited about coming come and in a whisper now, he tells us he 'can't wait to get back in front of the TV and the Sky sport channel'. It is true he is incredibly frail and I understand why the medical team might think it is near the end, I remain optimistic that he will make it to Christmas (and beyond?!)
I am quite nervous about having him at home knowing that these could be his last days/weeks, but also know he will get loads of attention here at home and we will keep him warm. The house full over Christmas. I hope it will not be too tiring for him.
He has the occasional good day and wants to get out of bed and sit in a chair or stand for a while.
He is also looking forward to a brandy and water (albeit mixed with thickener) when he gets home.
Does anyone have any advice for home care knowing the next few days could be his last?