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Red_34
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   Posted 7/25/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
For the past couple nights, my gma has been constantly getting out of bed and she wanders around.  She says alot of strange things and even does stranger things.  I can't watch her 24/7 especially if I am asleep myself.  What is a good way to keep her in her room? I'm afraid she is going to fall again or do something to endanger herself and us.  Do I lock her in her room??? I don't really want to do that because she does get up in the middle of the night to use the restroom.  I've tried sleeping aids but they don't seem to work with her.  Any other suggestions?  Btw, during the day she is usually fine.  A bit out of it most days but when night falls, she just loses her mind even more.
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   Posted 7/26/2008 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Red
There is alot of problems when having to deal with ppl you care for at home especially loved ones getting out and wandering at night

For a time I did have to lock dad in room to make sure he was not hurt but he would piddle in a bucket IF he got up
Usually I made sure he wasnt drinking alot after 5 pm......

There is another thing you can do and that is to attach something to her that will let you hear her getting up ( as soon as she gets outta bed) .....
A small bell even at her bedroom door that will alert you as to her getting up might help too

Have you been able to inquire at Alzheimer's association or local Legion to see if they have a hospital bed you could use or purchase thru an insurance company that wil have rails as well as that way you can attach a string with bell to nighty
Just a few ideas
Hope I have helped in some way

Take care

LYN
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Red_34
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   Posted 7/26/2008 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Lyn. I have been thinking seriously for the past few days and I came to the conclusion that I may have to end up putting her in a home as much as it would break my heart. I just can not care for her at the level that she needs anymore considering that my own health is going south. I am going to start looking in homes this week for her. I need to research the ones in my area and find the right fit for her.
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/30/2008 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Red
I know how hard this has to be in your heart and I do agree your health has gone south so my friend do what you HAVE to do do for you and for HER
It is prolly better in the long run
There is a thread about Nursing Homes I will bump fpor you
You can check out the homes in your area if they are listed about care and all

Thinking bout you

LYN
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Red_34
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   Posted 7/30/2008 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Lyn :) We signed her up for assisted living in a very nice small family owned center. It only has 20 patients in there with a wide array of services including laundry service, med dispensing, social interaction, frequent checks, her family doc is the resident doc there and they will help her with anything because of her blindness. It is on one floor and has a wide, flat floor plan. She will have her own room in which we can bring in her personal belongings and some furniture. It has a window that looks out into a garden but there is fences around the area near the windows for security as well as secured doors which chime if touched. She can even stay there until her end of days because they offer hospice care too. They even have an inner courtyard where they can go to look at the flowers and sit outside. I feel very confident she will do well here even though she is scared. I have been reassuring her that she will like it there and no I am not just dumping her off. That I intend to see her still about twice a week, bring her home for the holiday dinners, take her shopping, go out to lunch or whatnot.

Yes, it breaks my heart but I know that this is the right thing to do not only for her but myself as well.
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/30/2008 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like a fantastic and safe place for her

I am so glad you were able to find this place for her and yes I know it is breaking your heart my friend but you have to do things that will also benefit her and YOU and your family as well and most importantly your health

Take care

Luvs
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minmark
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   Posted 7/31/2008 12:07 AM (GMT -6)   
There is a certain stage in AD they they wander at night. They con no longer distinguish what is day and night. What you can do to make her sleep at night is to keep her busy the whole day. Give her small task that she can handle like folding of towels, a little dusting/ gardening, study her interest and hobby or you can walk with her to the park, just keep her busy and active, and she will be sleeping at night.

Red_34
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   Posted 7/31/2008 7:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Minmark :) I do try to keep her busy during the day but recently she fell and broke her arm so things are limited even more then what she was able to do before. She is also almost blind. I do take her outside in the mornings and evenings - not midday because it is too hot for her (and me!). I also take her shopping with me or when I go visit friends. But I do believe you are right about the correlation of being busy during the day and nighttime sleeping. I didn't make that connection. Because her day time activities diminished greatly when she fell and broke her arm and that is when her nighttime rambling became worse.
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/31/2008 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Minimark for all of that input

Lyn
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