Mom's dementia just advanced many levels because of her hemmoroidial pain and severe anal canal burning pain.
Mom has started "wandering" at night. Her dementia is advancing rapidly. But she still is logical and not to the point where she knows nothing and cannot recognize us.
She woke me up 4x last night, found poop on the floor two times, found her another time and she crashed with the walker in the living room. Asked what she was doing there and she said she was looking for the bathroom. I am sleeping in the same room as she does and the master bedroom has a full bathroom in it. Found her again on her knees hanging on to the sink cause she couldn't get herself to her feet. Changed diapers a little while ago and gave her her pain meds. She is in severe pain and is under in-home hospice care right now. Even with the dementia, she can still carry on a lively conversation, but will forget what the topic was and what she talked about as soon as the conversation is over. She is not sick enough to into hospice full time yet, but I cannot be waking up every night 4x a night, every night wiping floors with poop on them. We have considered overnight caregivers cause I can't stay up all night watching if Mom decides to go wandering throughout the house. I already have CG 4x a week only for daytime for about 3-5 hrs, depending on how much I need to do. But now I think I need overnight CG so that I can sleep thru the entire night. This is now the second day with hardly any sleep the night before. I know there are many of you out there in my shoes and I would appreciate any advice right now.