Hey folks. Me again with the latest chapter of "Caring for mom from 200 miles away".
About a week ago we finally finished the transition of my mom from her sister's place to assisted living after a long frustrating bout of issues in regard to my mom's frontotemporal dementia. Mom hasn't done particularly well with assisted living and it looks like they are going to recommend a transition to memory care next week. I'm okay with this, I'm really just happy that they were willing to give her a shot in assisted living at all.
The bigger problem is that in the morning she's supposed to take a long acting insulin injection. She's been pretty good about this historically, but she always takes it on her own in the bathroom as she's very self conscious about the injection. Now that she's in assisted living she seems to be unable to move away from this routine and allow the nurses to administer the injection. This is causing problems as the facility is state regulated, meaning they have to administer medication and treatment and visually witness the process in order to confirm it occurred. Due to this my mom is being listed as 'failing to adhere to medication'. Given that this is outside of the required boundaries of state regulation, they are saying that if we can't get her on board with nurse administration of insulin, she may have to leave. That's hard to do when someone is dealing with FTD.
If they kick her out for this, I have no idea whatsoever what I'm going to do next. Any other state regulated facility is going to have the same issue. She can't go back to her sister's and she can't come here because I live on the other side of an international border.
The facility says not to stress too much, that they are going to dig deeper into the issue and see what they can do, but we haven't had a lot of luck with my mom since she started showing symptoms and history tells me that this worst case scenario is something I should start preparing for,