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Dementia wandering at night, how can I keep mom in her bed at night?

Mom keeps getting up in the middle of the night, turns on all of the lights and the stove and then goes back to her room. I'm scared to go to sleep at night!
Status: Open    Dec 24, 2014 - 11:14 PM

Caregiving, Dementia

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Feb 01, 2015 - 05:52 PM

This is a tough one and keeps me sleeping on the couch sometimes. But there are things you can get to help you. There are floor mats that when stepped on it sends you a signal on the monitor that you can keep in your bedroom and it WILL wake you up out of a sound sleep. The same company has a motion detector that is programmed to the same monitor. The stuff is expensive but worth it. There's good reviews and bad ones but I took the chance and it is working for me. They will program each item to the monitor for you. I have listed the site to order from. I picked out what I wanted and instead of ordering online I called and talked to Sam Latimer and he helped me and also made sure headquarters programmed the items.

I also have a baby monitor so I can keep an eye on her when she is in her room. I tell her it's a fall detection device.

Another thing is you can have her door cut in half with the door xxxx on the top so she can open it to see outside her room but you have a latch low enough that she can't reach it. You can install a little motion detector light that comes on automatically when she opens the door and she might not feel the need to turn on the lights.

She may be hungry in the middle of the night that causes her to turn the stove on but doesn't know what to do next. Get a small dorm fridge in her room with a few snacks in it.

I hope this helps you. Best of luck and lots of love.


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