Posted by: caretaker | 2009-05-05


Hello, i would like to know if a 86 year old Dimentia/stroke sufferer should be given tabs to assist his life? (or 2 lengthen his burden?) He had a stroke, cant walk, is dependable on people for 24/7 - can do nothing for himself. Please assist because its taken a big chunk out of the caregivers lives also.How long does such a person life normally? The doctor prescribe 6 tabs a day - to prevent another stroke. Please let me know, should we give him the tabs to lenthen his pain or not?

Just a question

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Dear Caretaker

This is an ethical question - the answer is always to do no harm to the patient. If this patient can take something that would prevent further strokes, and it is affordable ( like Disprin) , and he can fairly easily take it in, he probably should get it.

He may however need to be in a unit for frail care as it sounds as if he needs 24 hours nursing care - see

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