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My patient is only 64. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's 12 years ago. I've been working with her for 2 years. She's just recently decided not to get out of bed. Yesterday I couldn't talk her out until noon. Any suggestions? I've tried food, music, TV, and the promise of a car ride. Which I do.

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Is she lucid? Talking to you?

Does she have family support who can encourage her?

Staying in bed is one of the worst things for a body, especially a body with an illness. You can't force her to get up and your tactics to get her up aren't working either.

Try to get some opinions from a doctor or nurse, your supervisor, her family, anyone who's in her life. If she continues to stay in bed it might be time for hospice.
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I would bring this to her doctors attention. 12 yrs is a long time to have ALZ. She could be winding down to the end. How is her eating and drinking? Is she having swallowing problems. It could be depression.
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