Just spoke with the nurse at my MIL's assisted living facility. She is in a special alz. unit (locked). The nurse told me that she is going to bed at 8 p.m. and sleeping until noon. MIL has been there since October and before that she always slept until noon.
But the nurse was concerned about the amount of sleep and that she didn't think she needed a sleeping pill every night. Last month we had the Dr. prescribe an "as needed" sleeping pill so the staff could give her something if she wandered at night.
Well, the nurse told me my MIL is ASKING for the pill every night. And, since they are not a nursing home, and under direction of the state, have to give it to her!!!!! I said,"But she has ALZ for crying out loud."
There are so many inequities going on in health care. She has had two hospilizations in the last couple of months. The hosp would not speak to us over the phone because of Hippa regulations even though we have power of attny and health care surrogate forms in her chart. We were out of town during the last hospital stay and she came home with heart meds. her doctor took her off of 2 years ago because they were causing more harm than good.
I have worked in healthcare for 15 years and I am familiar with the system and I am so frustrated at times. This last hospital visit they did thousands of dollars worth of tests and everyone just said, "oh, well Medicare will pay for it, don't you worry about it!! She came home with nothing being wrong.
She is 87 years old and in good health. It's her mind that's gone. My husband and I are exhausted trying to live her life too. By the way, I also take care of my 91 year old mother.
Thanks, I needed to vent. Boy, that felt good.
Have a great day!!!