My MIL with dementia is in an assisted living community. She gets chronic UTIs for which she has been prescribed an intra-vaginal hormonal cream to be applied 2x per week - Tuesdays and Saturdays. With cueing and supervision she can apply this. We opened the medicine cabinet in her room today and found the pre-dispensed cream in a cup. It must have been brought to her this morning and she put it in the cabinet. (She had no idea what to do with it - again she has dementia!!) We asked her if she knew what this was for and she replied, "Yes I'm supposed to put cream on my gums after brushing my teeth." We took the cup to the charge aide who expressed surprise that the cream was just left. She promised to supervise the application today.
We are angry and upset and now can't help but wonder if this is the norm; if this and her other medications are being given to her unsupervised. We sent an email to the Director describing what we found and our concerns. We told her we feel someone is dropping the ball and asked that she call one of us on Monday to discuss.
I would love feed back on your thoughts and experiences.