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My mom (87 years old) is in a memory care facility. Her notion of time is gone. Sometimes she 's very sharp, some others she's delusional. She was a proud woman, she still is. I don't think she would like to be seen as she is now. Some times she told me so. One of my cousins told me she would like to visit mom. I refused saying I'd like to weight the for and the cons. Pure instinct. I feared that mom won't remember her (they've never been close) and that the effort will drain her and destabilise her emotionally or provoke delusions or hallucinations (sometimes mom sees people or things that aren't there). Am I overprotective?

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Thank you very much all of you! My cousin owns a small nursing home far from my home and shéll love to have mum. I fear she mess up mum's feelings with proposition of change even if I ´m there with them.Now mum is in a closed memory care and my cousin's nursing home doesn't have such secured place. I know how to guide mum's feeling when shés anxious. But all this is fragile and easily perturbed. I hate to refuse visit because I know it's normally good for them. But I ´ll follow my instincts in this particular case. Thank you for your kind help! God bless you all and your dear ones.
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I don’t think you're being overprotective. You know what your Mom can and cannot tolerate emotionally and there are many posts here regarding relatives going behind caregivers backs for nefarious reasons. There are no sneaky/questionable relatives in our family but still there are very few people I would encourage/allow to visit my Mom without me present to help direct the visit so it’s entertaining and not overwhelming. My DH and her previous personal caregiver are on the short list. Other relatives and friends are not. "Thanks for wanting to see her. Let me know when you’d like to come and I"ll meet you there". If someone insisted on seeing her alone? Not happening. My concern is how would you know if she visited without you? Can you speak to the staff about that?
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Michou, can you put a name to your fears? Are you afraid this person is going to say something hurtful? Try to get mom's money?
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Thank you Freq Flyer! The best is to be with mom when my cousin will visit. I'm still uneasy though.
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People rant all the time that nobody ever visits. I can understand your impulse to preserve your mom's privacy, (I know that my mom would be horrified at the shape she is in now) but it is what it is. If she has never dealt with dementia then I imagine that your cousin will be more traumatized than your mom if the visit goes badly, and if it goes well then your mom will have been entertained for a half hour.
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From the other side of the fence, it might be a training visit for the cousin. The cousin might be really looking for some insight into one of her own direct family members or for her/his self to see what cuz is in for.
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Most elderly enjoy visits. Let cousin do it and never try to isolate your mom.
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Dear Michou,

It is good of you to look out for your mom. From my own experience, I feel the elderly need more visitors not fewer. It's good of your cousin to think of your mom and hopefully with some advance warnings, it will be a good visit.
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Seems like you have been given good advice already.
I agree with all the above.
Visit might be beneficial for your Mom as long as you are there with her, monitoring the visit. And the cousin understands that she may or may not be known.
Best wishes and May God bless.
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Do you like this cousin? Is she someone you know reasonably well and would basically trust that she is being just a kind person who wants to stop by to brighten the day of an elderly relative? Or is there a doubt in your mind about her? (Like, why does she want to visit her alone?) If there is a doubt, trust your instincts.
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How about, "yes, you can visit" and "no it can't be alone. My presence will reassure Mom."

I wouldn't worry about the visit doing any harm to Mom.
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Also my cousin wants to see her alone which is problematic since it is a closed unit and I'm really ill at ease at not being there.
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Precision : I would be less reluctant if it was any of my in law that have asked, because they love her and still gave gifts and cards and she loves them and asks theirs news regularly.
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Michou, or your Mom might recognize your cousin. Whatever you all do, don't make this into a quiz for your Mom.

Tell your cousin what might happen, do not quiz Mom unless Mom does recognized her. Otherwise, your cousin could be a "new friend" coming to visit. If Mom seems uncomfortable, then that is a clue that your cousin should try another time, maybe at a different time of day.

I remember my Dad being pretty sharp in the mornings and early afternoons, but by 4pm his "sundowning" would take over.
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