My 93 year old dad was diagnosed 2 years ago with slow steady decline since then. Got aspiration pneumonia last week, was hospitalized and now in rehab. This case of pneumonia really has seemed to cause a sharper decline in him though maybe that will improve after recovering from pneumonia. The bad news is that the professionals say his dementia will cause aspiration which will cause pneumonia again. People there are intimating his next step might be nursing home or memory care. I guess they are just giving their professional opinion, which is right, but I believe my dad is still aware enough to want to be home. But I think they question whether we want my dad to be back and forth to hospital all the time. Tonight he asked when he could go home. I said in a couple of days. He was very upset and said he just wants to go home and be in his own bed. He has lived in the same house for 60 years and I think he would just like be home and die at home. I suspect there will come a time when he does not know whether he is at home or not, but until that point happens, I would like him to be home if at all possible, maybe not possible. My dad has not been shortchanged. I see stories on here that are so much more tragic, yet my dad is now almost 93 and had very good health for 91 of those years. Even now the professionals cannot believe his age. He has better blood pressure than me, better blood sugar than me, and a full head of hair and I don't. (that last one is the one that really irks me!) Perhaps thinking best plan is to just accept he did well, and bring him home to live rest of his days.