My 79 year old mother lost her eyesight about 1 1/2 year ago to temporal arteritis. She can only see a few shadows. Lately, she is convinced that the staff at her nursing home are putting her outside on a bench to sleep at night. She says that this makes her afraid of night coming knowing that she will be put outside to sleep. Of course, the reality is that she is inside but you cannot convince her that she is in her room, in her bed with her tv. She just gets upset. She has had approx 15 episodes in the last 6 months. I think that she is having sundowners, but she has not been officially diagnosed with this. I just don't seem to be able to help her when she is like this. It just upsets me for her to be afraid and crying sometimes. Last night she was sitting in her wheelchair near the nursing station, but she felt as though she was out in the street and why wasn't anybody helping her.
What to do. The doctor has her on Seroquel at night.