Is it normal that my mom seems so sedated that her head hangs down and she wants to sleep?

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My mom has dementia and Parkinson's disease. I asked my dad about it. He said he knew they sedated her some because she was hard to handle. He has been there when she refused meds or to have her diaper changed, and said she is still very strong and they could hardly handle her. But I need her to be somewhat alert so I can at least talk to her some, touch for comfort, etc. Is this normal to be so sedated?

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My MIL has LBD, dementia with Parkinson like symptoms. As it has progressed she has become more and more "out of it". On many days she can't keep her head up, and sleeps most of the day. It's hard to wake her up or get a response from her. Occasionally she'll have a good day. Some of your mom's symptoms could be the progression of the disease.
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Varying the times of day of your visits is an excellent idea of CW's - you might see a very different picture.

I'm sorry for how sad and upsetting this must be for you. Hope things improve.
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I know that some meds have an immediate sedating effect which will wear off over time, do you always visit at the same time? You mention Parkinson's, I have noticed with my mom that when she takes her Sinemet it often knocks her out. Ask if there is a time of day when she is more alert.
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Do you know who is doing the medicating, i.e., who is prescribing?

Medication for agitation and combativeness is sometimes a trial and error process. Yes, they need to calm your mom, but perhaps there is a happy medium where she can be kept calm and awake. Can you attend the next care meeting with dad and ask about This?

Perhaps he is afraid that if he complains, they will send her home. Encourage him to talk to the prescribing doctor or to the DON about how sedated she appears.
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