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That is great news! Glad her providers found a medication combo that works for her.
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Such good news! Thanks for the update; good for folks to hear that psych meds are not for knocking people out, but really improve quality of life for the patient.
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Update! My mom has been home for 1 week. She has been put on Depakote 2 x a day with Remeron and Lexapro and generic Namenda. So far so good. I think the Depakote really helped with hallucinations! We have some Angel Care girls that come give p.t. So far so good!
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I give her her meds everyday And have for the past five years. We have o.t./p.t. coming into the home. We are using the same agency we have had before. Since she had only b.p. meds before, I think all the new meds are really working at this time. Sister and I have looked at long term care places in our county and have picked a good one for memory care unit. We will get her on the list. They said we can bump her back down the list if our turn comes up and we are not ready. Whoop whoop! Thesis for the love!
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Thanks for the update. So glad that she's doing well, but, except for the early stages of dementia, they can't live alone at home. Does she have around the clock care set up in her home? Who will administer her meds. Often, a patient does well in a facility or hospital because they are getting so much hands on support and care. Is she able to provide that for herself in her home?
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Update on my mom. She has been in skilled nursing and now has been clear of MRSA and they have her walking great with the walker. She actually gets to go home to her house in a week. She will still have home p.t. and o.t. . the most exciting thing has been since she went to the geriatric phych. Unit and got medication, she has been a changed lady. Thank you for all the advice on here! It has been a very wild 2 month ride.
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Thank goodness
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The good news is my mom has now had her medications adjusted. She is calm and taking a mild anti depressant. We just moved into a new stage of Alzheimer's after the fall that broke her pelvis and back. She is going to a better nursing home for skilled nursing. She just needs to eat more and she had a bad U.T.I. and a yeast infection and low sodium, potassium and magnesium. Whew what a ride! Thanks for all the love everyone!
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I think a transfer from a nursing home to a mental hospital is quite unusual. Do you mean a psychiatric hospital as such, or a memory care unit - a residential setting for people with advanced dementia?

If she really has flipped her lid and been admitted for psychiatric treatment, I hope they've checked that she's not having a difficult reaction to pain relief for the broken pelvis?
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My 83 year old MIL fell and broke her hip while living in her own home. She had surgery, went to rehab, went to assisted living which lasted a month before she was transferred to a nursing home. We knew dementia had started but after her fall it spiraled.
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I agree with Barb.

Mom my did follow a similar path as yours. Mom went from hospital, to geriatric psych unit. Mom's meds given by her primary care physician just were not working. Moms meds were tweaked in the psych unit and she greatly improved and was released to a nursing home after about 2 weeks.
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I agree with Barb.

Mom my did follow a similar path as yours. Mom went from hospital, to geriatric psych unit. Mom's meds given by her primary care physician just were not working. Moms meds were tweaked in the psych unit and she greatly improved and was released to a nursing home after about 2 weeks.
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A fall can uncover previously undiagnosed dementia, for sure.

If your mother is having behaioral/psychiatric issues, an inpatient psych stay is probably the best way to get her stabilized on meds.
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