When she lived in an AL in another state, she was constantly complaining of people stealing. She would not leave her room for fear of someone immediately going in. After moving here , I know some of the theft was unfounded as I located the items. Others were gone.
When she started complaining, (as in look, someone has moved this) after moving to my state, I was able to say, "We are not in Arizona… we are not going down that road again." She stopped.
Now, her current AL has hired caregivers of black and Mexican decent… and it’s starting. My mom is obviously prejudiced. I cringe…
My mom has hallucinations. Is on medication. They are upping her dose. She fell the other day, told the hospice nurse someone pushed her. Her knitting has been falling off the needles when she sets it down, so someone “must be doing this.”
What do I tell her when she complains of theft? Do I tell her her brain/memory is starting to falter? When I explained the other day that the AL nurse did not take her nail polish, and that her nail kit indeed had been sitting out when I was there, my mom got ugly. The theft paranoia was so bad that an AL here rejected her after talking to her old AL in Arizona.
As far as the hallucinations, I tell her, "I think your eyes are going bad," whenever I have to acknowledge them