"The patient is a white female who appears her reported age. She neither speaks nor comprehends the spoken word. Sometimes she babbles incoherently for hours on end. She is disoriented about person, place and time. She does; however, seem to recognize her own name. I have worked with her for the past six months, but she still doesn't recognize me.
"She shows complete disregard for her physical appearance and makes no effort whatsoever to assist in her own care. She must be fed, bathed and clothed by others. Because she is toothless, her food must be pureed; because she is incontinent of both urine and stool, she must be changed and bathed often. Her shirt is generally soiled from almost constant drooling. She does not walk. Her sleep pattern is erratic. Often, she awakens in the middle of the night, and her screaming awakens others.
"Most of the time she is very friendly and happy. However, several times a day she gets quite agitated without apparent cause. Then she screams loudly until someone comes to comfort her."
WOW... Sounds like she has a lot going on.Does she understand the written word? You could have ORIENTED BOARDS on her wall such as pictures. Is there a clock there? Can she write? Prehaps she doesn't eat BECAUSE she has no teeth. Get a consult ASAP.Does she not walk because she can't or won't(CONSULT). Is there the possibility of B&B training? Don't know her age but could she be in menapause, or some sort of harmonal imbalance? Prehps her M.D. would prescribe a relaxation/sleeping pill for evenings.Could be a bunch of therepy is in order...Physical, speech,psyc etc. Get a bib for her drooling ..............P.S. Don't know nationality. Is there a cultural difference? Does she have family and friends? Add Social Worker to consults
Last edit by nur20 on Nov 20, '01