My 87 year old mother had lived alone since my dad passed away in 2005. She fell & broke her hip while shoveling snow in Dec, 2010. This was sort of the beginning of the end for her. Since then she has been in & out of the hospital & nursing home for several medical reasons. Last summer she began talking about this "grit" that kept growing in her hair & down her forehead. She started scratching her head a lot. She also talked about this piece of plastic that kept growing out of her elbow.
On 08/31/2011 we got a call @ 10 PM from the med alert company. My mother had pressed her med alert pendant button & needed help. When I got there she was frantically scratching her head & saying that the "grit" was taking her over. Not knowing what else to do I took her to the ER. Several doctors diagnosed her with early dementia & said she should not be living alone. After 3 days in the hospital she went to a NH for rehab for some mobility issues she was having. While there she went through a series of C Diff infections which delayed her discharge until Dec 2011. She has been living with us since then.
After I told her that the doctors feel she would be safer, etc. to continue living with us, she became depressed. She is somewhat better now. However her dementia is slowly getting worse.
She has not been back to her home since that late night on 08/31/2011. Should I take her back for a few hours & let her go through the house & pick out pictures, personal items, etc. to bring to our house? Or by doing this do I run the risk of bringing back her depression?