Sometimes "crazy" is the body's way of telling us something is wrong. What is no big deal for those of us who are strong and healthy can be a very big deal for someone who is frail and has a weak immune system. Add to that mix the inability or reluctance to describe symptoms to caregivers and you have the perfect storm for "crazy". Check out this article about urinary tract infections in the elderly. This is often misdiagnosed because cognitive decline is "expected", so we attribute behavior changes to dementia and the infection remains untreated. Most nursing staff is really good about recognizing this, but with turnover, not all the staff knows what is "normal" for your loved one. Forewarned is forearmed. Know the signs and symptoms so you can ask the facility to rule out a UTI before they try to move Mom to memory care! https://goo.gl/V6PaEu
8/12/2021 03:33:33 am
I wholly get this article. I worked at a dialysis company and this older gentlemen, government assisted patient kept comming in with the same urine smell 3 x a week, I finally took my concern with the social worker; said that is no way to treat a humane being, I barked again the second week,....he had uti, and was already cognitive deficiant, and no one ones advocating for him. I took it to the head nurse while the director was there, ....squeking wheels do get heard!
Leave a Reply.
Anita is the founder of Family Link and wants to share with you some tools and thoughts to help you with the complex responsibility of managing the care of aging loved ones while still managing the other aspects of your life.