My mom (mid-50s) recently came home after being hospitalized for 2 weeks. The doctor was able to get her to agree to take medication again (she was refusing medication prior which is why she ended up in hospital). She was doing well in hospital, but now she is experiencing occasional psychosis, and for the rest of her time, she goes about her day kind of in a fog. Very sullen, quiet, doesn’t react much or make conversation. She was never like this prior to the hospital stay, but her father also passed away shortly before she was hospitalized. I don’t know if the symptoms are due to grief or because the dose she was prescribed isn’t adequate (they also switched her to something different from what she was taking before).
I feel like there’s nothing I can really do until she has her next psychiatrist appointment. In the meantime though, I’m trying to find some activities for her to do throughout the day because right now she sits around with nothing to do and I feel like all that free time to think probably encourages her delusions. I don’t live with her, but my place isn’t too far, so I’ve been staying with her to monitor. But I still need to go home for 2 days out of the week to get work done so she especially needs things to occupy her on those days.
I used to play board games with her, but ever since she returned from the hospital, she hasn’t been interested. My mom has never been able to sit in front of a screen for long periods of time so she does watch TV/go on the computer, but only for small periods of time out of the day. Same thing with reading, can only do it for a limited time. I feel like she can’t really become engrossed in one activity, but instead needs many different activities to occupy her time. Does anyone have suggestions? Of both activities that she can do alone and ones that I can do with her. Or other comments?