Re: Mom has taken a major turn
It is true that the demented person at some point will not know what is the right thing to eat. So when the plant fell onto her bed, she thought it was food. The caregivers could not be there every minute. The best thing is not to have such plants in the room. Some NHs say that they are not responsible for the plants as they may not have time to water. Since she is at this stage, you just need to remove all the plants. Put some fake plants there for decoration.
It is sad that the demented person in the end may not understand what food is and could take in anything. Her sense of taste also changed. It may be in late moderate or severe stage. My late FIL didn't do that as the plants never fell on him and we had no plants in his room in the NH in the last 2 years. Your Mom probably needs to be monitored when she is eating and she may need help to know what to eat.
Sorry that this happened. I don't know if this is AL or memory unit. It may be helpful if she is in memory unit and the staff may know what to do. Just imagine she is like a small child who can take in any junk as food. Basically her ability to know the difference has diminished.
Last edited by ninamarc; 10-17-2012 at 10:54 AM.