Over the past several weeks, my mom has fallen. She has a history of doing this due to dizziness and poor vision. She thinks she's at a chair to sit down but is way off target.
She still is quite mobile, and moves fast. Under doctor's orders, she is to walk with a one assist. A chair alarm was used for several months, but they took it away because they said she really only stands up and walks to the nurses station which is just a few steps away from where she spends most of her day with them anyway.
Last weekend, she apparently went to sit down and missed the chair and ended up on the floor and bumping her head on the wall. Wednesday, she did the same thing. Thursday, I was told she walked all the way down the hall by herself and they had to go find her. Luckily, she was fine. Friday, she was found crawling on her hands and knees in the "Den" (a room adjacent to the nurse's station with an open door) looking for my grandfather.
So far she's been lucking with not getting hurt. She is kept, for the most part, right by the station where the aides and nurses are always coming and going...but they can't keep an eye on her 24/7.
One of the aides suggested to me today that she needs her chair alarm back, because at least if they are down the hall with another resident, they will hear her getting up. I will speak with the head nurse about this on Monday as I am at a loss as to what can be done at this point.
I do not blame the staff for her falls, as before she even went into a NH, she fell right in front of me and I was three feet away, and once while I was with her when she was in AL. It can happen so quickly.
It seems as she's declining though, she now has been referring to me as her mother, and I have to tell her I'm her daughter, to which she replies, "oh, that's right, mom is gone." There are many fantasy excursions she tells me about, she's quite chatty at times which is good, even though it's nonsense, but it keeps her calm in her world.
I still wrestle with the "take me with you, I want to go home" bit, but I'm able to talk my way out of it...I'm getting to be an old pro at that!
Any advice on falls or what to do would be appreciated!