Mom is sleeping up against the headboard with her feet dangling off the side. Has anyone had this problem?

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I put Mom in bed the correct way, it doesn't take long before she is sideways (up against the headboard) in the bed with her feet, sometimes her knees dangling off the side. She almost always sleeps on her stomach so her dangling her knees off the side has to be painful. I am constantly adjusting her, she seems not to understand how to sleep in a bed. Has any one else experienced this? I am thinking she is afraid of falling off but she really doesn't move much, to my knowledge she has only fallen off once and that was a long time ago. I am wondering if I should shove the bed up against the wall, she is sleeping in a double bed. Thanks for your input. She has Alzheimer's/Dementia.

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Another idea, flannel sheets and flannel pj's... it's like sleeping on Velcro and not easy to even turn over in bed..... been there, done that one winter for myself to keep warm, never again :)
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That sure doesn't sound comfortable! But does she complain of sleeping poorly? Do her legs ache when she gets up? Is she pressing her head against the headboard? Is that sore or causing pain? I would think that if it is uncomfortable enough she would unconsciously, in her sleep, adjust her position for comfort. I guess I'm wondering if this is really a problem for her, or mainly for you. I know it would definitely bother me to see it and I can relate to trying to fix it, but I just don't know how important it is. I think I would ask them at the clinic where her dementia is being treated.

Be aware that changing the furniture around can sometimes upset those with dementia. A change in routine, such as getting into bed on a different side, can be very confusing. This doesn't always happen, but be prepared for the reaction when you push the bed up to the wall.

Let us know how this works out. We learn from each other!
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I wonder if you tried placing a body pillow on either side of her she would feel more secure?
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I have a question. Is she working her way into that position? Or is she getting out of bed, perhaps to go to the toilet, and then having trouble getting back onto the bed? We had a discussion recently about how thick matresses are and how difficult it is to get back onto the bed properly. Do you have a camera/baby monitor that you could observe her during the night?  My mom also threw off positioning pillows until the last few months when she was bed-bound. Even then she would manage to remove some of them. 
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I agree with cwillie about the pillows. That should keep Mom from moving about.

I remember having to sleep surrounded by pillows when I had broke my shoulder. In the morning, I was will within the boundaries of the pillows :)
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Thanks FF, that is what Mom is sleeping in/on.

I think I will try putting the bed up against a wall and see what happens. I need to start spring cleaning so I'll do her room early and move the bed. I'll let you know if it works.

Great suggestions!
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My mom did this when she had a UTI and was on an antibiotics that adversely affected her. She kept falling out of bed but didn't know it. We moved a security camera into her room just to know when to go in to assist her back into bed. She was doing what you describe.
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You can try putting pool noodles under her fitted sheet to keep her in place.
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Could mom be having a problem with vertigo? Perhaps feeling that the bed is moving? It almost sounds as if she is trying to "ground" herself while sleeping. If you think this might be a possibility, check her meds for possible side effects of dizziness and with her doctor for possible ear or sinus problems.

I might add that my mom sleeps on top of her covers, under an afghan, and in one position all night long. She is unable to tell me why she doesn't get "into" bed but seems to find security of some kind in sleeping on top. Her constant sleeping in one spot in one position--on her back--is puzzling but I think is her effort to know exactly where she is at night. Night lights have not changed her sleeping patterns, though...
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Apart from the demenia does Mom have heart or lung diseases. it is possible that she becomes breathless when lying in bed so gets into a more upright position. Does she sleep in a recliner for naps during the day and remain in position. If she does it could be a solution to move the recliner to her bedroom and see if that helps
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