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Funny & Cute Things Our Demented Patients Say - page 2

Anyone who works around the demented elderly population can attest to the fact that they sometimes say the darndest things. Mr. Rider is a pseudonym for the slightly plump octogenarian nursing... Read More

  1. Visit  charli_appleRN profile page
    Back when I was a CNA, we had to complete a 40 hour workshop to continue to work on the Alz. unit. They taught us alot of different calming techniques to use such as hand massages. I really enjoyed the hand massages and couldn't wait to give one to a client. So I'm massaging this little old lady's hands and I ask her how does it feel. Her reply was "ooooooooooh, honey........if only you were a man"
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  2. Visit  NurseDirtyBird profile page
    I worked a few years in a dementia care facility, and I could write a book. One of the funniest things I can remember is one particular pt. believed she was at a hotel. I took her and her friends (a group of about 8 other dementia pts) on a tour of our "luxurious accomodations" and showed them their rooms. I had to explain why some weren't able to share rooms. Then came discussion of the bill. I explained to each and every one of them individually that their children had already paid for them to enjoy their stay. Of course, this led to a discussion about what good kids they had and then..."Is there a place for me to stay the night?" We went around and around this circle about 7 times before my shift ended.

    Get your giggles where you can, because in this job they're few and far between.
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  3. Visit  ADN2B profile page
    The Brady Bunch was on TV when the client asked who was saying the prayers and I replied, "Mr. Brady."
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  4. Visit  Been there,done that profile page
    No lubdub, many of us also have family that are in stages of dementia.

    Some of the behavior is angry or combative.. and some of it is actually a joy. I see it as they are childlike again.
    I often said.. if I get to that point I would want to be "pleasantly " confused.

    I could not imagine lamenting each and every confused behavior as a ... "oh poor Mr. Jones... he is sooo out of it."
    The fact is .... they have a cognitive decline that we currently cannot change. But we are choosing to assist them with that decline.

    It is so much kinder to join in their current "reality" instead of lamenting the decline and attempting to bring them to our reality.
  5. Visit  Been there,done that profile page
    My favorite is a lady who would take . of the many bouquets available on the unit...hold it like a bridal bouquet and

    "walk" down the aisle to her groom. Now THAT is a memory I would like to go over.. and over again!
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  6. Visit  joanna73 profile page
    I love my elderly! I also commented in the "devalued" thread. Dementia is not funny to say the least, but if we didn't find any humour in it, we would cry. Who needs that?
    vintagemother, LTCNS, opossum, and 1 other like this.
  7. Visit  Kay28 profile page
    My favorite was a man that told me "You have a short neck and should see a doctor about that"
    MicsterRN, LTCNS, tayloramaRN2be, and 6 others like this.
  8. Visit  Skips profile page
    I love this article!

    A little off-topic - but as a nursing student now - I'm taught to do reality orientation to people in temporary delirium. If someone has dementia, which is long-term, then I'm supposed to play into their reality, not mine. If that makes sense. I'm glad they're teaching us this now. O_o
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  9. Visit  whitebunny profile page
    i had a pt who has a routine of getting confused at 0300 in the am. 2 days ago he got an odd confusion moment after lunch. He kicked the 1st nurse out of room "dont u even get into my business. i dont give a damn about you!" when I went in the room, hes half body was in the bed, stiff, and said "I dont want to have a damn thing to do with you. you are not an angel of heart you are an angel of devil!" I smiled and asked "are you comfortable lying like this? Can I reposition you?" and of course did not help.

    An hour later I went in he already adjusted himself into the middle the bed and i woke him up he said "You are a terrific nurse. thank you so much. i am not even exaggerating a bit!"

    By the way, I do not give prn cuz i do not consider mood change presented by veral is same as agigtation/anxiety. The 1st nurse suggested me to give seroquel but i did not. Not only my assessment and my clinical judgement tells me not to but also i knew if i tried he was going to spit it out. Pt who lost independence are lost and frustrated, if they wanted to be left alone they should be.
  10. Visit  Been there,done that profile page
    Quote from Kay28
    My favorite was a man that told me "You have a short neck and should see a doctor about that"
    Thanks... snorted coffee on the monitor!
  11. Visit  Ruby Vee profile page
    Quote from Me-erThanMe
    I love this article!

    A little off-topic - but as a nursing student now - I'm taught to do reality orientation to people in temporary delirium. If someone has dementia, which is long-term, then I'm supposed to play into their reality, not mine. If that makes sense. I'm glad they're teaching us this now. O_o
    When I was in school, decades ago, we were taught to re-orient EVERYONE regardless of whether the dementia was long-term or temporary delirium. I'm glad they're not teaching that anymore. It's kinder -- not to mention easier and more pleasant -- to 'play in their reality.'

    I'll never forget the little old lady who was convinced that Martians were in her room and were staring at her so she couldn't get to sleep. I tried and tried to orient her -- with predictably little success. The "old" LPN I was working with that night -- probably younger then than I am now -- went into the room, mimed picking up a little green man and shoving him into the closet, and then said "Now you can go to sleep." It worked!
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  12. Visit  SoldierNurse22 profile page
    When I was a new tech and just barely in nursing school, I was sitting for a very confused elderly lady who was having a full blown conversation with someone in the closet. Completely oblivious to my presence, she continued this pleasant chat until a few minutes in, she asked, eyes wide and hopeful, "Would you like to see my 'shnozzle'?"
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  13. Visit  MissERN profile page
    My grandmother had severe dementia prior to passing away, but she ALWAYS laughed about everything. Last week I had a patient that reminded me so much of her. She presented to the ED after a syncopal episode. She was not thrilled about my using a foley to obtain a urine sample, and did not hesitate to let me know about how she felt about me doing that. After I got her urine, I left her room for about 2 minutes and then immediately returned, and I was afraid she might still be upset with me. The moment I walked into her room her face lit up with a great big smile and this is how the conversation went:
    Patient: "There you are! I've been thinking about you!"
    Me: "Oh, really! Why's that?"
    Patient: "Because my oven's broken!"
    Me: "Well, we can't have that, now can we? We'll just have to get it fixed!"

    She then lamented again on how terribly she wanted a cup of coffee. It's not often I have the time to sit at a patient's stretcher and help them drink a cup of coffee, but that day I did. She drank 2 cups of coffee and I enjoyed every minute! I think I liked it better than she did. It's moments like that that make me love nursing! I'm quite certain that those 2 cups of coffee did her more good than the Rocephin she got for her UTI...the oven we are still working on!
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