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Mom in assisted living but wants to stay in bed all day, suggestions?

Mom lives in a nice/active assisted living community. She usually eats lunch/dinner with friends and participates in community activities but with complaints of dizzieness and slight nausea she wants to stay in bed and is not eating. Any suggestions? Thanks. She currently uses Lexapro (anti depresant), Namenda and Excelon pill.

Status: Open    Mar 21, 2016 - 09:04 AM

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Mar 23, 2016 - 09:48 AM

A good option may be to have mom evaluated by a psych nurse for depression and behavioral health as well as a speech therapist for cognitive rehab. A physical therapist can also be consulted to evaluate for Vestibular rehab which could be the cause of her dizziness and nausea.

This intervention is two-fold because having scheduled visits where these clinicians will come to her provides mom with social interaction while at the same time adjusting medication, addressing any Vestibular issues and improving cognition for the best possible outcomes.

These services can be provided by home health companies under the order of mom's physician and Medicare pays 100%.
Has mom seen an MD to address her symptoms?

Sep 28, 2016 - 11:54 AM

The previous answer is very good, I do have a little bit more information to follow up with that. It is not uncommon for dizziness to be associated with hearing loss. Isolation is also another symptom of hearing loss due to the lack of ability to participate in conversations in a group setting. If this is a continuing issue, you may want to consider a getting a hearing test for your mother.
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