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The hopelessness of caring for patients with advanced dementia

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Do any other RNs ever wonder why they are made to care for patients with advanced dementia? Sometimes it feels like such a lost cause. Dementia patients do not get better; they only get worse. It's a shrinkage of the brain that results in shrinking intelligence. Their ability to understand what is going on, to be empathic to the needs of others, or to even care about their own needs just spirals downward. Eventually they act only on impulse, animal-like, tragically.

I can't imagine the untold number of dollars this country would save if we rationed this care and provided it more for the younger populations who have so much more to lose, if they get sick from things like PNA, UTI, HF.

When you have dementia, you have almost nothing to lose. The younger citizens of this country's health is failing physically not only because they are denied care due to the waste spent on dementia patients, but because they are made to physically care for these heavy patients because no one else will. We are breaking our backs to save 95 year old confused people who would as soon hit us before they thank us.

Sometimes it just seems so hopeless. It is a selfish disease that hurts not only the degenerating person but devastates the family and professional caregivers physically and financially.

Any thoughts on the matter?

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Are you implying that we should give up on those with dementia and just let them die? I don't quite understand.

Just because someone has a disease or disability or ailment doesn't mean they don't deserve a life.

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I disagree completely.Do you really believe that a patient doesn't deserve care just because they are confused? What are you proposing? You would just leave them somewhere with no care and let them die? What if it was your mom or dad? Confused or not dementia patients are still human beings and still deserve our compassion and to have their needs met.These people have just as much right to be safe and protected as anyone else. To imply that only people that will get better are the only ones that deserve our help is just wrong. Would you suggest that a terminally ill cancer patient not get any care from nurses just because they were going to die?If you don't like this kind of patient then for heavens sake don't work with them. I work on a hospital floor with many confused seniors. I love my old people.

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Oh my goodness, this is thinking from centuries ago, where people with dementia were treated no better than animals. (Sometimes animals were treated better).

What is it that you would like to do with patients who have dementia? And it is an assumption that only the elderly have dementia. There are younger people who have brain disease as well.

And never confuse advanced dementia with intelligence. If you are, in fact, an RN who cares for patients with advanced dementia, perhaps you should re-think your specialty. Some nurses really get a great deal of satisfaction from caring for dementia patients. Statement such as "made to care for them" and "rationed care" are shocking. Especially coming from a nurse. And LOTS of people get ill from pneumonia, UTI's and heart failure, it is not exclusive to those who have dementia.

Young people are not denied care due to patients with advanced dementia. And the back breaking work is also not exclusive to dementia patients.

Sounds as if you are either burnt out on your current employment, or you are posting an over the top subject to feed some sort of fire. Either way, your thoughts on this matter are just not becoming of a professional health care provider.

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I guess we could set them off on an arctic ice floe & let them fend for themselves.

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Perhaps you would happier in some other type of nursing.

I would not have wanted someone with such a cavillers attitude taking care of any elderly member of my family

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I guess we could set them off on an arctic ice floe & let them fend for themselves.

Yeah, what else can ya do when they get too old to chew the fat off the seal hides :troll:

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"I can't imagine the untold number of dollars this country would save if we rationed this care and provided it more for the younger populations who have so much more to lose." REALLY? DID YOU HELP WRITE SOME OF OBAMA CARE? That statement isSICK! Sadly, with Obamacare there WILL eventually be a "medical board" that says who lives and dies..... I hope you are not really a nurse.

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Are we all being set-up, albeit rather eloquently?

Sounds Dr. Kevorkian-ish or Final Solution-ish!

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They deserve to feel safe and cared about until they die. Although I do believe more invasive stuff is done often that does not improve and may even lessen their quality of life.

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