I need suggestions on how to keep my mom from falling asleep standing up and then falling.

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She is 63 yrs old on oxygen and pretty much self sufficient. She has been doing this for years and so far has not seriously hurt herself. Shes on a fentanyl patch which i think has a lot to do with it. When she first puts the patch on she will be up for the next 24-36 hours minimum, then the 2nd night she starts getting up for water or the bathroom or to eat and between getting out of bed and doing whatever she intended she will fall asleep. If I dont hear her get up usually i hear her hitting the floor and shaking the house. Alarms dont work (the kind you attach to nightgown to bed) because she wakes up to do something so she just unplugs them. I cant stay up 24/7 listening for her and she never sleeps on any schedule, never has. I really dont know what to do short of say a posey vest, and im sure she wont let me anyways, not to mention the fire dangers and such. I was wondering if maybe someone has heard of an alarm that either wears like a watch of she holds in her hand that once she gets up it will go off every 30 seconds or something unless she keeps resetting it. That way if she gets up if she falls asleep standing and doesnt reset it, it will go off and wake her? I used to be a CNA yrs ago as well as an EMT and honestly I dont want to have to use the latter skills on her if possible, so i need to figure out something before she does break something.
Thank You all in advance, and I hope you are all having a blessed day!
Craig

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We can all hope that 'no news is good news.'
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Has anyone heard from Meno's daughter???? this is breaking my heart, and Vivian thank you so much for letting me know..... when he sent me a hug , he told me he put me in his circle that he draws every morning.... and said things about angels I've never heard before.... if this is true, and i hope it's not, we are so blessed for him crossing our paths and teaching us so much is a short amount of time..... my heart is hurting.. if ya'll hear anything please let me know......
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Judy...forgive me for calling u Ruth.....once again....typo...
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Ruth....as has been said in previous posts....i am in complete shock to hear about Menos decline. I have, literally, clung tightly to every word, of every posts that he has shared with all of us. He has made me a better caregiver to my father, helped me to see beyond the disease of dementia, n connect with the soul of the man that is my dad. There are not enough words in the english language to say thanku for the blessings we have all received thru ur dads posts. He became our mascot...the voice behind the mind of dementia....he became our family...

U have been such a strong n loving daughter...n i dont know if we ever said "thanku" to u for allowing Meno to post on the thread after all the misunderstanding with typos n all. We were saddened to think of the thread without his insight.....now.....we r feeling devastated at the possibility that he will be silenced...I cannot believe this is happeneing.. Please kno how we are all praying for u, Ruth, n for our beloved Meno. I lay down tonite with a very heavy heart, n pray tomorrow will bring a miracle....God Bless u, Ruth.....Angels surround Meno in a tight circle.....n in the center of that circle ...the word.."Me".....
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He has given us all a glimpse into his world and helped us appreciate what gentleness and kindness mean. I hope he pulls through ok. He has touched so many on this forum in a positive way - I hope he knew this. I hope he took notes of how many of us thanked him. So many here thanked him. I hope they can somehow put his posts into a 'folder' for posterity - all future care givers.
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Ramblingman, My thoughts are exactly the same as yours. I had no idea that he was anywhere near death. They have been on my mind all day. I will continue to pray for a turnaround. I just found him less than a couple of weeks ago, but he shared so much of himself in his posts on another thread I felt like I knew him. He has touched my heart. Judy you are a wonderful daughter, you are so lucky to have such a great spirit in your father. Its my belief the human flesh dies, but the spirit (life force) does not. He will always be with you. I pray he stays longer he still has so much to offer to the world. Thank you for sharing your life with us. Vivian
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Oldcodger and Vivian, sounds to me like for some reason they took him off his pain pump and because of that had to go to the er for the withdrawal, not sure though if they took him off pump because he was passing though , because she said he has to wait 18 hours till the sublingual meds wear off..im kind of confused to about why the pump was stopped, if itwas because he was dying, usually you do whatever possible to keep comfortable, even if its too much meds...I too will be praying that all is ok and they get him on something soon for the pain....
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I've been sitting here stunned. I think I'm shocked. I feel I've got to know Menohardy. I loved listening to what he had to say. Please tell me this is just a horrible mistake and he is going to pull through. Judy my prayers are with you and your father. God bless you.
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Am I understanding this post? Is Menos near death???? Tell me it isn't so!!! Is this his daughter? This is heartbreaking news.............
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It is so disgusting. In Menos last hours they removed his pain pump and gave me 10 sub-somethings to put under his tongue and had to take him to the emergency room where he was admitted for severe opiate withdrawal. His PCP said the amount of new pain meds was so little it was a wonder he didn't die from the shock alone. You'd think they would be humane and waited so he could die in at least a comfortable state. He has to wait 18 more agonizing hours to get the sublingual med out of his system before they can re-start the medicine he's been on for 2 years. PCP said he himself wants to get a piece of the pain management doc who has not returned his calls. I just looked up the doctors record- graduate of Ho Che Minh hospital and fired from 3 hospitals where he was an anesthesiologist for suspicion of using narcotics-dirty urines!
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