My mom is almost 96. I have moved in to care for her since my dad died last year.
In last three months, she has changed. She tells me she wants to go home, sleeps more than she usually did, and has a few hallucinations of dead relatives ( parents, brother, my father). Her appetite has declined in the last three months. She doesn’t want to eat a lot and has stopped liking her favorite foods. It is a chore to get her to eat daily, but I get her to do it. She can swallow fine.
She suffers from dementia and heart problems. There are no physical symptoms worsening. She is under a doctor’s care and is only on heart/ high blood pressure meds. She does not have a UTI and is not dehydrated.
Is she just preparing to die?
I’m afraid it’s the dementia getting worse which to me is a more horrible prospect. I do not want her to suffer or put her on antipsychotic meds.
Has anyone seen these symptoms before a loved one died?