My mother is in an AL and on hospice - she has COPD and CHF and is no longer able get out of bed without help. However, she refuses to ask for help getting to the bathroom and recently had a fall. After the fall she’s been a lot more confused than usual – when I went to see her the day of the fall, she insisted that people had attacked her. I told her that the only thing that attacked her was the floor. It had been her decision to value privacy over calling for help. We all told her that she would fall. And she accepted that as a consequence of her insisting on privacy. Now every time I go see her, she says that that was quite a fight she had been in - look at all her bruises (from her fall). She tells me they force her to take her pills - that they shove the pills in her mouth when she refuses to take the pills. I know they don’t because I get called every time she refuses her meds and the med tech tells me that mom didn’t get her dose because she refused.
She also has trouble with time/memory. She complains that no one comes to see her anymore when we come to see her almost every day. She also has a private health aide for 10 hrs/day, she has a hospice aide come in to give her bed baths twice a week, she has chaplain that visits and the hospice nurse comes twice a week - she has more visitors than anyone I know!
How should I be responding when she thinks that something outrageous has happened and it really hasn’t?
Is there a way to leave her something so that she knows that we have visited? She’s not tech savvy so having a picture taken with her phone with her wouldn’t work. She will also make outrageous comments about the staff at the AL that her private caregiver will clarify for me when I talk w her away from my mom. I’ve stopped arguing w her but I don’t want her to be afraid of being attacked/forced to take pills even if these are just in her imagination. Some of this is probably due to the COPD- she’s on max O2 but her brain has got to be affected by lack of O2 because of the disease progression?
Thanks for listening!