My mum is in a nursing home and has been for nearly 2 years after she had a knee replacement. The operation was a success, but due to her dementia she couldn't understand that she had to exercise and have physio and she refused to do it . Therefore she was losing the use of her legs and now she is bedridden unable to walk, stand or even turn over in bed unaided. I have been working in the aged care industry for the last 20 years, believe me it dosen't make it easier. My mother asks me every time I visit when is she going home and she says there is no reason for her to be there. She thinks she can walk and look after herself. I answer this question by say. When the doctors say it's ok for you to go, but you have to recover from the knee surgery. Mum thinks she has only been in the home for 2 to 3 weeks. I hate lying to her but I cannot tell her the truth because this may be the only thing she may remember. Does anyone have any other suggestions. I don't have to worry about her asking other visitors the same question because unfortunately she dosen't have too many and they know what to say.