My mother-in-law has dementia and is obsessed with her looks. Help!
My mothernlaw lives with me now due to her alzhemiers dementia. I love her dearly and want the best for her, but I am finding she is spending 8 to 10 hours a day "putzing" as she calls it. What she is doing is putting her makeup on ..over and over and over again. SHe spends about 300 dollars alone in lipstick every month!!! Yes it is her money but I am afraid not only of the compulsive behavior, but there will come a time when she will be put in a home, and that money she spends on her lipstick will be needed for her care.
Im not sure how to handle this. I would love to just take it away, but im not sure that is the correct way to handle it. Her memory is about 3 to 5 mins long so discussing it with her, she doesnt remember.
Her "putzing" as she calls it is now interferring with our daily life style. I knew having her here would, but at this rate now, I cant go get anything done until she feels she is done with her face. Usually thats close to 8 pm!!! And when she is done...she looks dead!!! She puts so much stuff on, that it actually makes her look dead!
I am at a lost as to what to do!! Please if someone can help in this area, wether youve faced it or if you have the medical knowledge ...pleeeeease let me know! I want my mother n law as happy as I can make her, but I need her to get out of her room! She has extreme busted veins on her left foot due to her standing in front of mirror for hours at her own home before she moved in, now she is sitting at a vanity in her room, but still for hours. HELP!!!!!!