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I think my Mom has paranoia and hallucinations. Any advice?

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She has cancer is been 1 year and i left my job to be with after working 17 years now she is very anoying with me talking things that are true seeing people not there and with my daughter she has it also like never i need some help is coming to like i dont do nothing for and my life has change im always with her. my daughter is 10 and before she just to sleep with her but now she is bigger and she gets anoying come and sleep with me and she wants to stay in her bed now she is bigger is going asking are you scare she is the one that is scare.

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ask her doctor to check for urinary tract infection. this could create hallucinations and paranoia.
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Yes, please follow Jeanne's advice. Call her cancer doctor and tell her/him about mom's paranoia and delusions. She needs another doctor involved in her treatment.
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You do need some help! One way to start is to contact your state's agency on aging, explain your situation, and ask about options. Is Mom on Medicaid yet?

Now that your daughter is older you are right that she should not be expected to sleep with Gramma. Reassure your daughter that Gramma is sick and isn't thinking clearly. This is not your daughter's fault. If Gramma scolds her for this tell her to just not worry about it. Poor Gramma doesn't mean to be nasty, but Daughter is right to want her own bed. Be sure your daughter knows you are on her side, without making Gramma into the bad guy.

Mom is probably following up with her cancer doctor, but I think she also needs to see someone who specializes in treating elders, like a geriatrician, or perhaps even someone who treats dementia. Start by talking to the doctor she does see now, explain the new symptoms of hallucinations and paranoia. Perhaps that doctor can refer you to another kind of doctor.
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