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So scared for LO sent to Geriatric Psych
Teenbest, I am sorry you have this anxiety to bear. I do know how it feels to have a family member in a psych ward and it's nerve-wracking. You did not do a terrible thing to her, but it's easy to see why we might say that in the same situation. Like a lab mouse strange hand swoops them up and puts them in a maze with no food. Only much much worse feeling.
Now about this MC. I have no idea about best practises, but there are folks at my Mom's place who do nothing but exit-seek. Carers use whatever they've learned works for him/her. Not sure what you should do about it.
Others more experienced than I will be along shortly with support and ideas.
She was combative in that she was trying frantically to open the door and unfortunate she threatened suicide. She later told ER she was just saying that to try to get out of the MC
She was having a good day until then and that is what I struggle with.
So sorry that you are going through this. But a geri psych unit is a good place for her right now. They will be able to adjust her meds and give her lots of attention round the clock and hopefully she will be able to go back to the MC unit. My suggestion is to send her back via ambulance and not have you pick her up to take her. I did this with my mom and would do it again in a heartbeat. I did not visit during mom's time in geri psych because she would have been triggered to try to leave and it would have compromised her progress there. All of this is excruciating and I lost many nights' sleep over it all. But now she is getting the care that she needed and I have realized that I can't fix this.
And yes, she tries to leave or convince me to take her out all the time. The staff in MC are used to this and are trained to handle it. I don't visit often so she does not get triggered to want to leave as often. Fortunately mom can afford for me to have her private companion visit every day to check in with her and take her to activities, make sure she eats, etc. Two hours a day and worth every penny. Hope this helps.
Hello and a warm welcome to you. This occurrence was so unexpected, that I can understand the shock of it all. Most of such admissions are usually only for 72 hours unless something untoward is found that needs to be managed.
The input from other Members is right; your mother is in a safe place, and will get a 24 hour round the clock assessment and adjustment of medications should that be needed. Visiting hours in GeriPsych are limited so as not to interfere with the care process, that is often upsetting to family.
You can call and ask to be transferred to the Psychiatric Social Worker who will be in charge of discharge planning and who can interact regarding your mother's care. HOWEVER: do know that confidentiality laws are very, very strict. If someone has Power of Attorney this can help in getting information. Other times, information is more freely given depending on the circumstances. In any case, that Social Worker will be key in planning. You will also want to check and see if the facility she was to be admitted to will take her back. I would check that immediately.
I am sorry for the family dynamics but know that you are not alone in this sort of matter; many here are dealing with similar situations. It happens.
If you need to talk to someone for support, information or even helping with problem solving, a great place to be heard and obtain support is the 24 hour Alzheimer's Assn. Helpline at (800) 272-3900.
If you call, ask to be put in touch with a Care Consultant. There are no fees for this service and Consultants are highly educated Social Workers who specialize in dementia and family dynamics.
Do let us know how you are and how things are going, I send best wishes your way.