About once a week, my mother has been having a dementia type episode.
She refuses to eat or take her meds. She accuses the caregiver of poisoning her food and she's angry and suspicious of everyone around her. She has diabetes, is very visually impaired, uses a walker and is normally very sweet. She fell almost a year ago and had bleeding in her brain. That's when things went downhill more rapidly. She has UTIs very often. She now has a foley catheter because of the UTIs, but it isn't really helping. Every time she has a dementia outburst, she ends up in the hospital because she refuses to eat or take her medications. Currently she is waiting for a psych consult in the hospital ER. She has so many physical problems that it's so overwhelming. The doctors don't seem to know what to do and ask us (her kids) what we want to see happen. Really? Is a psych consult really what she needs? Her main doctor doesn't think these episodes are related to the UTIs. Has anyone heard of using a dementia specialist? What do they do? Has anyone had this type of problem with their parent and found a way of dealing with it without the need to run to the hospital ER? Any info would be helpful?