My mother who is 83 and has dementia and alzheimers is in the hospital with pneumonia. She is having difficulty breathing and keeps moaning. When she eats, she takes a mouth and then does not swallow for a very long time. Sometimes she does not want to eat. Am I doing right by trying to force her into eating? I kept her in a nursing home a couple of years ago and they did not make an attempt to feed her if she refused to eat. She was there for PT after a broken hip and so was more 'together' at that time. Now she is very weak from pneumonia and I am not sure if I should just leave her alone if she does not want to eat. She is getting IV fluids along with her antibiotics at the hospital.
Is anyone there having similar questions or issues?
Thanks in advance for you time..