Maureen seemed totally lost late yesterday evening and I encouraged her to sleep it off. She reappeared from her nap after a short while and was completely lost in her surroundings despite my efforts to ground her. When it was time to bed down for the night it took a long time to settle her on her choice of the sofa. She has been awake several times during the night complaining that the people here are trying to frighten her and she can’t wait to get out of this place. At 5 am she was struggling with a dry mouth and wondering if someone else was needed to help her with medication.
The coaching on medication went relatively well yesterday but it threw up all sorts of anxieties for Maureen about getting it right. One thing it did address was just for once I was sure her tablets were taken. There has often been evidence that Maureen has not taken her medication and yesterday I found more tablets in places where they should not have been!
There are a couple of things I’m going to try today in an effort to change Maureen’s presentation. Firstly, I’m going to ask one of her sons to issue a rallying call for immediate family to schedule regular contact and visits. Maureen’s continual question about where are my family needs to be addressed. Secondly, I’m going to try to change her environment by encouraging activities that remove her from the sofa unless she is clearly in need of further rest. Rachael Wonderlin has posted a video clip on her blog that will help me focus on this mission: