Bedtime and sleep patterns and dressingHi

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by Selinacroft, Oct 10, 2015.

  1. Selinacroft

    Selinacroft Registered User

    Oct 10, 2015
    937
    Hi
    I am wondering how much Dad's antics are due to dementia and how much due to pain and discomfort.
    I am noticing he is not changing into pyjamas most nights and just dives into bed briefly. He goes to be later around 12.00 or 1.00 as I still hear tv on downstairs and then when I get up just before 6.00 he is sitting in arm chair with bed clothes slightly used. He has fractured soine an dlimited mobility but how much is this behaviour likely to be part of dementia? He had personal carers after his last hospital discharge but he refused all personal care help and just told them all to go away. Now we are back to being self funding after CHC was not awarded post assessment I am reluctant to pay for carers just to be turned away with a flea in their ear.
     
  2. IanDB

    IanDB Registered User

    Sep 16, 2015
    13
    Southport
    It could be a comfort issue - I have a back problem myself & when it's particularly painful lying in bed does make it worse. I usually end up dozing in my armchair on nights like that, so possibly your Dad is seeking out the least uncomfortable option.
     
  3. Selinacroft

    Selinacroft Registered User

    Oct 10, 2015
    937
    Thanks for reply Ian.
     
  4. jeany123

    jeany123 Registered User

    Mar 24, 2012
    19,049
    Durham
    My husband has spondilosis of the spine and often sits on the side of the bed or in his chair to get some relief from the pain if he has been lying in one position for too long,


    I find using a v shaped pillow for him to sit up slightly and a ordinary one for his back helps keep him more comfortable,
     
  5. Cat27

    Cat27 Volunteer Moderator

    Feb 27, 2015
    9,765
    Merseyside
    Have you tried giving him done paracetamol before he goes to bed?
     
  6. Selinacroft

    Selinacroft Registered User

    Oct 10, 2015
    937
    Hi Jeany and Cat
    Thanks for ideas. I do have a v shaped pillow but dad has never tried it so I will offer it later but I think he will refuse. He has a full profiling hospital bed but never uses the adjustments. He doesn't do buttons! I would worry about letting him loose with it in case he condsertinered in the middle.
    He has plenty of regular pain relief- 8 paracetamol a day, fentonyl patch and Oxynorm which he always refuses.
     

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