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How Can We Get My Mom With Dementia To Bathe And Change Her Clothes
Get details: Also ask your mother why she won't shower. For many frail elderly folks, showers are both exhausting and/or scary. She may need a walk in tub, an aide to assist, or she may do better using baby wipes regularly and only bathing weekly. They even have dry powder shampoos you can use mid-week. If bathing has become intimidating, make sure you understand, before assuming its pathologic. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mom has FT dementia. Not bathing but I can get her to change clothes once a week. How important is bathing if I can keep her clothes (somewhat) clean?
Hygiene is important: She can't remember when she changed her clothes, and you don't want her coming down with a urinary tract infection, or something that she could end up in the hospital and not come home. See if you can get a caretaker (day shift) to assist you, so you don't burn out, who can assist with bathing, helping her walk, and do stretching exercises. Then you can do self care while she is being cared for. ...Read more
Mom has dementia. Bath 2-3 days/wk, new clothes 1+ day/wk, but sleeps 12-14 hours and is inactive. Might have UTI - most likely culprit?
Dementia and apathy: You don't say if this is new or ongoing. If new, it could be a uti. Never go wrong with checking. Also depression could cause these symptoms. As dementia progresses, people lose the ability to keep on top of self-care. At this point, it helps to have a caregiver prompt and assist her to do these things. Your local alzheimer's chapter will most likely have a support group for info/tips. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mom has ftd, not bathing easily, sleeping >= 1/2 day, can walk but is inactive; conversations are mostly 1-sided. Roughly what stage dementia is she?
Sounds advanced: There are many different staging "systems." in the moderate phase people need assistance with all activities of daily living and towards the end of this stage someone requires 24 awake supervision for safety. In the severe stage a person can follow 1 step directions and need set up for all activities. In ftd a person develops "apathy" where attention turns inward and one is less engaged outwardly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mom has dementia, in alf. Is not bathing/brushing teeth. What can the staff do to keep her hygienic? Will she cooperate more as dementia progresses?
Call OT: An occupational therapist who specializes in working with older adults would be a good consult to ask her primary care for. Ots are experts in practical problem solving and could work with your mom on finding what works for her now with ideas for the future. They can also assess if your mom needs more help than alf can offer. Get a medication review from a geriatric psychiatrist or geriatrician. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
78 yr mom with dementia is numb on entire left side of body. Dr said not stroke but will send to get test. list of possible reason?
My mom COPD is bad and now dementia. Its getting worse. She won't let us take her to the hospital she says there's nothing they can do. Is this true?
You need help: There is a lot that can be done to help with the copd. Your mother should be treated for this. Dementia is more complicated, but there are things that can be done to help. You should seek out support groups and or classes that can help you create the best environment for your family in dealing with your mother's dementia. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My mom has hashimotos encephalopathy and since two months ago, she's getting worse. Dementia is advancing fast. Can it be reversible? Life expectancy?
This can be treated: If your mother's encephalopathy is truly from hashimotos (autoimmune hypothyroidism), then it is reversible with treatment. She needs to see a doctor, be tested, and be treated immediately. Severe hashimotos can be life-threatening and is very easily treatable with thyroid replacement pills. If it does not seem to be improving, then there is probably something else going on that needs diagnosis. ...Read more
Safety is key.: If she has forgotten that she has moved her ability to form a new memory is impaired. Reassurance that she is in a safe place (assuming she is) and then changing the subject may help. Consider joining a support group for caregivers to get input from others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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