My Mom refuses to leave the home to do anything. She hasn’t had her hair or nails done in over 2 months. She used to get her hair washed and styled once a week. She also refuses to go to family functions or visit friends.
We have portable oxygen so that is not the problem.
She is experiencing short term memory loss & is on medication to help with that.
Her doctor increased her anti depressant to double the dose. I was hoping this would help but it hasn’t.
She is also refusing to follow her COPD treatments, including nebulizer treatments 4 times a day, wearing a vibrating vest & wearing a CPAP a few hours a day, to help with her collapsing trachea.
I’ve gone round & round with her on trying to explain the benefits from the treatments & how it will help her breathing, but she still refuses.
I’ve also had heart to heart talks with her letting her know this is her decision & if she is tired of all the treatments, she can choose to give up and go on Hospice, as this was an option giving by her doctor. She gets upset with me when I discuss Hospice with her.
She has a physical therapist that comes over 2-3 times a week, which my mom despises! The physical therapist also has no luck getting my Mom to wear her vibrating vest.
Her breathing is so labored, she can’t take more than 10 steps without being out of breath & coughing. She also completely abuses her nebulizer inhaler. It’s like her pacifier she has in her hand 24 hours a day!
She does eat well & sleep well and is completely independent as far as taking care of her personal hygiene, showering & dressing.
I’m at a loss on what to do 😢
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you