... check with your local sheriff department. There is a relative new program, Project Lifesaver, that is free. It provides a monitor that can be used to locate a dementia patient that wanders away. Wandering can become a major concern. ... (4 replies)
... You are right about the lack of resources out there for dementia. Most are very expensive. Can you afford to hire someone to come in for part of the day, say in the afternoons when they tend to do the sundowning? As the disease progresses, it will be close to impossible to leave her alone for any amount of time cause she would create havoc on anything she can get her hands... (4 replies)
... Bingo, infection! Those kinds of sudden changes in behavior and medical status is usually caused by an infection. It is good they have him on an antibiotic and hopefully he will be better in the morning.
As for the MIR/CT... you might want to explain to them that he has cognitive confusion/dementia and they may need to sedate him in order to get an MRI or CT scan. I... (52 replies)
... have a hydration program in place to make sure the patients are at least offered adequate hydration during the day. As you probably know, many times, those with dementia will refuse to drink. There will even come a time when they have difficulty swallowing. ... (1 replies)
... Valerie... it's called Sundowning. Nobody knows why but confusion seems to reach a peak in the late afternoon and early evening. It could be the end of the day exhaustion, it could be the shadows created by the setting sun, it could be an issue with the circadian rhythm, it could be because of over simulation. I have read all these possibilities. But bottom line is, they... (52 replies)
... who had dementia and she does remember a lot of what happened with her, and realizes that she needs to protect things. ... (13 replies)
... Yes, yes, yes, and yes....
Yes, they know how to make a mess but do not know how to fox it. They will take items out, put them in strange places, and not have an idea why or how to "fix" them. They may even think they are fixed. She was looking for something, doing laundry, or perhaps just trying to decide what to wear. That's why I reduced what Mom had as much as... (13 replies)
... versation and the other noises seem to quieten. She can not do that. She hears everything at one volume. This in and of itself can cause confusion. Many with dementia can not cope with the confusion. Beyond that, think of all the questions that are ask. Where do you want to sit? ... (13 replies)
... I would suggest the camera over the intercom. As you know confabulations do happen. If Mom doesn't understand your question you will get a yes or no which means nothing. Depending on her to tell you what is going on is a wish. Seeing is believing! I know several that have used camera successfully and gained peace of mind knowing what is happening.
As for the doors, it... (13 replies)
... Thank you so much for your response. It's complicated, isn't it? Of the two of them, my father was by far the worse parent--when I was a child I had a recurring nightmare of my father abandoning me on a deserted beach. But on his death bed, when cancer was going to his brain and he was struggling for words, he said to me "We're so stupid sometimes" and I knew he was trying to... (4 replies)
... Hello, this is my first post here. Three years ago my mother was living alone in another state and getting the run-around from her doctors. She needed hip replacement surgery, which she couldn't get until she had open heart surgery to replace her aortic valve. I had flown out to stay with her after earlier surgeries and was willing to do so again, but she told her cardiologist... (4 replies)
... I'm sorry I have no sure answers for you. I tend to agree with you about the "resources" that are purported to be out there. I don't think they're as readily available as people are led to believe. If you haven't done so yet, you might contact the AARP to see if they can direct you to suitable, affordable "resources". I know their site has a whole section on caregiving. ... (4 replies)
... We now use Namenda and Exelon patch. Getting her to take medication is important for the both of you. Read as many post and ask as many questions as you can. Dementia affects each person different. She and you qualify for services. Take advantage of them. Welcome to the Board. ... (13 replies)
... husband to get her diagnosed for over 2 years and nothing was done, so as soon as I got her here, I took her to a GP and immediately had a diagnosis of Dementia and she had a brain scan that showed white matter and signs of small vessel ischemia. ... (13 replies)
... d Mom. I was just glad was rarely out of control. If your husband does become violent, do not hesitate to call 911 and go from there. Be sure they know he has dementia and ask that he be taken to the ER for evaluation. ... (13 replies)
... believe it is because of the pressure, and is some other dementia, then you might want to ask for a psych evaluation in a geriatric facility that specializes in dementia behavior before they send him home. Not just any psych unit but one specifically for geriatric dementia behavior. ... (52 replies)
... Hi, Spitfire! I just received my husband's medical records and found out that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Frontal Lobular Dementia, and Lewy Body w/o Parkinsons. It explains why he seems to be deteriorating so quickly. I use pullup diapers on him at night and as Deb mentioned I removed everything from his room that would be a semblance to a toilet other than the... (13 replies)
... Question... has he not peed in 3 days (which to me is an emergency) or are they just not getting the necessary specimen? I wonder if they are leaving instructions for HIM to get the specimen? If so they have little understanding of dementia (whatever the cause) because that limits his ability to follow instructions or even remember the instructions. Is your Dad ambulatory... (52 replies)
... You didn't speak too soon... that is the way it happens. He had a good day followed by a bad night. For some reason, nights seem to be the worst no matter what dementia is present. Some say it is because they are tired, some say circadian rhythm disturbances are the reason, and others say it is the shadows of the evening... ... (52 replies)
... Valerie, from my experience, the shut will be helpful but it may not be the miracle cure we wish for. Most likely it will help with his ability to walk. Memory and continence are less likely but either/or both can be improved as well. It is better if the diagnosis is early and the surgery done as soon as possible. The more pressure and the longer the pressure is present... (52 replies)