My 93 year old mother was able to live independently with my help until last weekend, when she suddenly started hearing and seeing things and became extremely paranoid. She spent several days in the hospital, and they ruled out any physical issues. Just in those few days, her short term memory and understanding has declined and she's a fall risk. The doctor feels she is psychotic and has dementia, needs 24/7 care, and wants to adjust her medications while she does PT in rehab to strengthen her and then assess if she needs long term care or can move to assisted living.
I took my Mom from the hospital to rehab yesterday. Because of Covid, she is quarantined for two weeks while they follow the doctor's plan. A few hours later she called and begged me to come get her. I calmed her down as best I could, and told her I'd call her today. Then I spoke to her nurse, who said my Mom was fine until she called me. The doctor is to see her this morning and the nursing staff will update me.
The rehab center has an excellent rating, reviews, and is recommended by friends, and I have met several of the staff, who I felt very reassured by. I feel terrible, but also know that she needs 24/7 care in the hopes that she'll improve. The senior social worker told me that the other rehabs in the area have the same basic process. I know she's safe and cared for, but it's very difficult.
What experiences have you had with this situation, and what advice do you have?