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His health has gone down over the past 5 years because he won't follow the correct diet. He refuses to keep himself clean and my son is at a lost of where to turn or how to handle this. Please advise

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Captain who answered on 12-22, thank you so much for the grin I got when reading your response. Actually got a belly laugh, much needed perspective.
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rmdaigle, what is your current relationship to this man? Are you living in the same house? How old is your son? Is he the main caregiver? A little more detail might help generate more specific answers.

Are there other signs of dementia present? Memory problems? A decrease in good judgment? Other physical problems, such as frequent falls?

How long has it been since he has seen a doctor?

Sorry to bombard you with questions, but more details might result in additional insights to offer you.
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Diabetes in advanced stages can damage the liver and kidneys. As toxins build up, the patient is in a demented state and refuse to bathe. The other possibility is that he is to weak to get in and out of the tub without falling. Can son put a tub rail on and get dad a shower chair? Is there a hand held shower? Does dad need a housekeeper to cook meals and do laundry? Would the MD write an order for visiting nurses/ physical therapists/occupational therapists who will come to the house and evaluate him?
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give him an adequate shot of insulin in the am.
let him eat whatever he wants for about an hour then firehose him in the back yard.
loved ones / carers with a little imagination can keep him supplied with healthy and tasty meal and snack items.
thats why i made the chicken , vegs, cheese stuffed bread rolls a lot. a dozen of them can be refrigerated and renuked for 3 - 4 days.
shared some with a doc one time. he informed me that the roll had every ingredient of a good, healthy meal. no dirty dishes either. bread sheetpans are left in the fridg, dont even have to wash them. my mom thrived on them -- or they killed her, the autopsy results arent released yet.
im gonna bake some anyway, right damn now.
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