Mom's inpatient psychiatric evaluation nightmare!
I am the care giver of my 86 yr old mother. I work full time and her dementia was keeping me up at night. I was so pleased when the local psychologist told me we could her have her evaluated at a geriatric psychiatrirc inpatient unit (5-20 day stay) to get help with her sporadic sleep. Prior to this admission, she would get up in the morning, wash and dress herself, I would feed her breakfast then put her on her Senior Center bus. She would spend a few hours at the center having lunch and being with friends, ride the bus home where a relative would stay with her until I got off work. She was admitted and it is now six weeks later and she is still at the hospital psych unit. Since admission there has been a rapid decline in her physical and mental health. They keep her tied up to a recliner-like chair, she no longer walks, although she walked in the day of admission. Her period of lucid thoughts are very rare, she usually makes no sense when tyring to converse with her. She now keeps her eyes closed 95 % of the time, the doctor has no explanation for this. She keeps both hands in a clenched fist position and can no longer feed herself, She has lost a lot of weight. There has been liltle to no change in her sleep patterns, which was the inital reason for the admission. She has had to be sedatated on occassion for severe agitation. She crys a lot and calls out to deceased relatives often. I feel so guilty for putting her there, my intentions were good yet it has only turned out to be a nightmare. I am an emotional wreck feeling like I made choices that caused harm to the person I love the most, I miss her so much. I cannot believe how rapidly she declined, we are now looking into hopsice and nursing home care. Does any one have any insight?