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Thread #150683   Message #3511707
Posted By: Rapparee
04-May-13 - 10:01 PM
Thread Name: BS: Dementia tips for carers
Subject: RE: BS: Dementia tips for carers
My MIL died this past January and from the last four months or so it was pretty awful.

It got to the point where the hospice people had to do an "intervention" and sent their chaplain over. She helped immensely to calm my MIL down.

At other times the aides would "talk her for a walk" in a wheelchair. MIL would get to the end of the corridor and start screaming that she was being kidnapped, would call the Security people (she was in an independent living community) using her panic button, etc. Afterwards I realized that with the MIL having macular degeneration and the corridors being painted in dark colors broken with light colored arches she could very well have thought she was being taken down a long, black, tunnel to...well, who knows?

We had to tell her that her medications were not to make her well, but to provide her comfort -- she had a "DNR" statement.

She did not eat or drink much at the end, and if this happens don't worry about it. They get energy from somewhere else, no, I don't know where.

By the way, I thought the title of this thread was "Dementia tips for careErs."