My mom has had some dementia the last few years but it hasn't been a major issue until this week.
She lives with my father who my mom now thinks is her mother. She is calling everyone in the family asking if we know where dad is. We took her to the ER to check if there was a stroke and have other blood/urine testing to see if there were any physical or chemical imbalance issues. Nothing showed up though we're scheduling an appointment for her to see her primary physician tomorrow.
Sometimes, she briefly recognizes my dad which leads to her hallucinating a woman in another room. When we were going to the hospital, she would ask "what should we do with her?". Later in the day, she recognized my dad and said the woman was gone. But, the next morning, dad was again her mom or a woman and she was calling around to find my father.
Initially, my sister tried to convince her dad was not her mother. This just led to more confusion and frustration. She sometimes seemed to understand only to become confused again. I think I've convinced them that they have to go along with her, keep her calm, and comfort her as best we can. Her reality has changed and trying to convince her only upsets her.
We're hopeful her doctor can help make the hallucinations go away because my father is my mom's caregiver and, if she doesn't trust him because she doesn't see him for who he is, I fear she may do something like leave the house or something else to put him in harm's way. Dad's health isn't great either so I'm concern about him having to deal with all this.
This is our families first experience with dementia. All we've had the last few years is mom's forgetfulness and confusion. Any advice is appreciated.