Jun 22, 2015 - 08:01 AM
Your mother is demonstrating actions that are common with people living with dementia. I would recommend you have her evaluated by her doctor who diagnosed her "mild dementia" or even better if a geriatric psychiatrist is in her area to determine the extent of her dementia, and help to determine her level of care needs as it relates to medication and personal care. If these actions are all new for her, it could also be other medical conditions such as urinary tract infection or dehydration that could be escalating her symptoms.
Once you know her current medical status and care needs, you then may need to adjust her living arrangements. She may need a nursing assistance to come in a few hours to assist with whatever she is not able to do herself. Or you may need to determine the availability and cost in her area of the next level of care facility for her which may be a personal care home or assisted living.
If she cannot pay for either of these, and she meets the income/asset qualification for Medicaid it may be time to apply for government assistance. Check with her state of residence office or department on aging for further assistance and possible resources in her area.