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My Mom Won’t Sleep In Bed Anymore

My Mom Won’t Sleep In Bed Anymore

Hi - my mother lives in a home with a dementia unit. She refuses to go to bed at night and sleeps sitting on her couch. This has been going on for months and no one at the home has any advice. They try to get her in bed and she returns to the couch. Has anyone experienced this with their loved one and/or does anyone have any thoughts or advice? Thank you!!

A myALZteam Member said:

Hi, my husband reached a point where he insisted on sleeping downstairs on the couch, and he did really sleep. The situation was different in that he was in our home, not a facility. It became useless to try to change his preferred routine, so I just made him comfortable with a pillow and cover, and he was satisfied. I had a camera placed so that I could see him on my phone from my upstairs bedroom.

posted about 1 year ago
A myALZteam Member said:

My MIL is in her own home and she refuses to go to bed. It’s been 6 years now. She sleeps in her recliner. The vascular doc says this is why her feet and legs swell and suggests compression socks. She won’t wear those either. It’s so frustrating! We have decided it is another one of those “pick your battles” moments. It’s just not worth the aggravation to try to get her to change. I’d say let the facility take whatever action they feel they must. My only suggestion is will she respond to “the doctor says you have to” or name whoever she remembers and may have some respect for. That might get her there for a while- that and medication for the night. Good luck! I feel for ya!

posted about 1 year ago
A myALZteam Member said:

I’m with the suggestion “pick your battles”

posted about 1 year ago
A myALZteam Member said:

Is the facility complaining about it? I see no issue here. She is not disturbing others and is in a safe environment. Forget it. Not a problem. She is happy.

posted about 1 year ago
A myALZteam Member said:

How long has she been there? Maybe put a blanket or something on it that she recognizes as hers from home.

posted about 1 year ago
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