She has been developing a new "thing". I've spent the night at the nursing home she's at several times we were lucky enough to get a single room.
My concern is she has started calling out help! In the night and when I rush to her she looks at me like I'm the one who's losing it. She was in a temporary rehab a year ago and started doing this on a lesser scale there. She stopped when she went home but this time it's way worse. She will do this constantly. I asked the CNAs and nurses if she does this all the time and they said yes and that it was common among dementia patients to call out continuously.
I'm afraid that it's going to end up like the boy who called wolf and they will just ignore her. She is just getting over a diaper rash that still bothers her at times but her helps! Don't seem to correspond with her discomforts. She calls out after she gets her pain pill and after she's bathed and cleaned up, she knows she's doing it when she's awake and will usually say I'm sorry right after when I'm there. She says she can't help it. She also calls out for a David and says he's the only one who can help her. I've checked with staff and there isn't any David that works there. I also can't remember any David from her past. She's unable to tell me who he is so it's another mystery. Does anyone know if there is a way I can get her to start yelling out something besides help? I hadn't realized how often it was until I stayed the night. I know she's heard it from other patients there because I've heard it too.
I read something on here about something similar and have to deal with the guilt now about snapping at her every time she starts yelling help. The weird thing is that if I ignore her she just gets louder until I acknowledge her then she says she's ok and doesn't remember saying it (at night at least). Last night after the tenth time in twenty minutes I didn't yell at her but I talked in all caps that would she please quit yelling for help if she doesn't need it and that I would like to get some sleep. Anyway any advice?