My mother was diagnosed with Dementia a few years ago and it is progressively getting worse. Why in two days is she unable to hardly walk?

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10 days ago she could get up to use her walker and in two days she is unable to hardly walk?? She has had to go into nursing home because we have to work. She needs to have 24 hour care where she was at. What would make the walking issue appear so quickly? I am baffled and upset that she has to be in a nursing home. She is so confused.

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I wonder if she's had some small strokes or TIAs (transient ischemic attacks). Are you seeing any other changes, like in her speech or a head tilt or any other symptoms? Can she follow a conversation? Dehydration, as mentioned, is also something to consider. Has her urine been checked for an infection?
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That is a sharp decline, but, I have heard of it happening with dementia. I think it depends on the condition that is causing the dementia. Were you given any details on that? How long has she had dementia? With some conditions, the brain forgets how to do certain activities, like walk, swallow, etc.

My LO went to a wheelchair pretty soon after her dementia diagnosis too, but, she has survived for almost 4 years since then. She has Vascular dementia and it can strike suddenly, robbing the person from not only short term memory loss, but, also their good judgment, hand eye coordination, leg strength and BALANCE. Was your mom afraid that she would fall? My LO's balance was so poor that she could barely stand without going backwards, EVEN while holding on to a walker. This resulted in many falls.

I might discuss her condition with her doctor and see what they advise. Some people improve under Hospice care and come off of it. At least that's what I have been told. I have no personal experience with that. Perhaps, others will chime in who do. I hope you can find some answers.
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She definitely has seen her Dr. and is in hospice care also at the time she had started morphine really low dose for breathing. and had to put her at nursing home because I work full time I have to unfortunately .
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Has she started any new medications? That could definitely be a reason for her inability to walk.

Has she been checked out by a doctor? She should be evaluated.

Has she been eating and drinking normally? Dehydration can also be a factor.
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