I wondered if this would happen and now it has. My LO has dementia. AD is suspected. She has an appointment with the neurologist tomorrow. I assume he will order a brain scan. She takes meds for diabetes and bone problems.
Until recently, my LO (cousin age 63) was cooperative and took her meds with no problem. Lately she is refusing to get out of bed and to take her medication. The staff calls me and puts her on the phone and I convince her to take it.
She says she wants to quit her job and she doesn't want to do it anymore. (She thinks she works at the ALF and is going to work when she gets up in the morning.) I tell her that it's up to her if she wants to quit her job and that if she will get dressed and take her meds,, she can relax and watch tv all day if she wants. That seems to appease her and she then gets dressed and takes her meds.
She knows she is causing a problem, because she admits to it. Although, she forgets most everything, she remembers enough to tell me she wasn't cooperating and she feels bad about it.
What do the staff normally do with patients who refuse to get out of bed or take their meds? Do they ask them to leave? How do I get her reassessed? Maybe she needs to enter a Dementia only facility? What do they do in Dementia Units to get them to take meds or to get out of bed? I have a business to run and can't be called from my job continually to deal with her refusing to cooperate. I'm about ready to turn over her care to the state. There are no other family members to help with her and she is gradually becoming more uncooperative. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.