I have read several of the posts on here about dementia and sleep disorders. My mom is 80 years old. She had a brain hemorrhage last year. The hemorrhage is near the gland that produces melatonin in the body. I am no doctor, but I believe this is part of the reason for my mother not sleeping. She is under hospice care right now because of her agitation and not sleeping. We have tried all different combinations of medication; Seroquel, Clonapen, Clonazepam, Ativan, Xanax, and even Phenobarbital. None of those have worked consistently. Mom gets very agitated during the day and gets out of her chair constantly. She is VERY unsteady on her feet. She has a hospital bed with side rails, but she climbs over or around the rails. She has to be supervised 24/7 because she is such a fall risk. She cries all the time and doesn’t understand that she cannot get up and around like she did in the past. Our mother was very independent and drove her own car until the day before her brain hemorrhage. We are heartbroken over this and feel terrible because she doesn’t understand.
My sister is my mom’s sole caregiver. My brother and I give her breaks on weekends. My sister is completely exhausted. We cannot afford to pay someone to sit with mom. She does not qualify for Medicaid because she has a small pension, Social Security and owns her home. We do not know what we can or should do. I will ask her hospice nurse if we can try some of the natural remedies to see if that helps. I have written down Knock Out, Calm Forte, and Alteril from the previous posts I have read. It is a shame that more and more elderly people are in the same situation as our mother. Something needs to be done to get help for our elderly. Any information about programs we should look into or about different things to help our mother sleep would be greatly appreciated.