Funny & Cute Things Our Demented Patients Say - page 5

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. by   judybsn
    One day I was called to the dining room of the nursing home by the Care Aid to "deliver a baby". An elderly woman with dementia was lying in her reclining wheelchair yelling "Fred, Fred call a cab, I'm going to have a baby! It's coming, the heads coming! Fred HURRY, get that cab!" Funny because I use to work in Maternity.
  2. by   cienurse
    We have a very demented lady who wanders throughout the unit, sometimes dusting things, sometimes carrying her sweater. Mostly, she is pleasant but sometimes has trouble with lower back pain. Because she speaks in "word salad," we have to really listen and watch her to be able to get her meaning. One day, as I was standing at the nurses' station, I saw her approach me with a very distressed look. I asked her what was wrong. She looked straight at me and declared, "My angel is flongled!" When I stood back and watched her as she walked away, I noticed that she was more bent over than usual and her hand was on her lower back. I went to the med nurse and asked her to medicate this resident for pain. An hour later, she had straightened up and was smiling as she wandered. So sometimes these demented residents are really trying to tell us something-we just need to learn to listen better!
  3. by   judybsn
    An elderly doctor in the nursing home with dementia coming to the nursing station to order x-rays and lab tests on a fellow patient.
  4. by   judybsn
    One resident calling out “Help me, help me” all evening, every evening for hours. When asked why he did this he said, “Just to see if anyone is home or if any of those teenagers are around”, referring to the care staff!

    One resident called his daughter from the nursing home saying, “I’ve been sitting here at the bus stop for hours and the bus doesn't come”

  5. by   EuroRN
    this happened to a fellow nurse: an elderly diabetic patient had just gotten a skin tear and said "well, let's not let this blood go to waste. got a test strip handy?"
  6. by   Clementia
    One night two aides and I were struggling to change the brief of a very demented patient. He was little for an old man, but fought us all the way. As we finally managed to get him clean and dry, he looked me in the eye and said, "She's a pretty little girl, but a mean son-of-a-******."

    I've always regarded that as one of the most honest assessments of my character I've ever heard.
  7. by   Poochiewoochie
    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    No flaming here.
    Know that if we don't laugh, we cry.
    That's me and my Dad's favorite saying when it comes to my Mom. It's so sad to see the once vibrant and independent woman that she once was now just a shell of herself. And to the person who got offended by this thread we've found that laughter can be a huge stress release and my Mom even joins in on it. She's in the hospital now after undergoing surgery for a fractured hip but she has everyone who saw her in stitches because she is so funny(and she was even laughing). I didn't get offended when they laughed with us.

    What does offend me is the ignorance of some medical professionals when it comes to dementia patients. You don't sit a call bell on their bed and tell them to use it when they need help or explain to them how to work the tv because 5 seconds later they are going to forget what you just told them. My Mom was at the ER for constipation a few years back when she was home and the nurse puts her on the commode with a call bell and tells her to ring it when she is done. Fifteen minutes later I go in to see how she is and she is just so confused-she had no idea what that string was for. Luckily the charge nurse I talked to today was willing to hear me regarding these concerns and came up with some solutions that work.

    Luckily the majority of the CNA's and nurses at the SNF where she lives now know how to treat Alzmeimers patients but every once in a while there will be someone who thinks they know it all and I have had to file a concern over one of them because she was bullying my Mom. That's what offends me, not the nurse who might laugh when my mom says or does something cute and funny.
  8. by   Poochiewoochie
    I'm sorry but I don't agree. I value my elderly Mom who has Alzheimers very much but I still laugh when she says something that is funny or cute. So does she.

    That was in reply to the person who says this thread devalues the elderly.
  9. by   Poochiewoochie
    Quote from TheCommuter
    I'm the one who wrote the article about how the elderly are devalued, and I am also the author of this article.

    I do not feel that sharing the funny, witty, and cute statements made by demented elderly residents devalues them in any form or fashion. I've previously mentioned that the healthcare workers who care about the welfare of this population are laughing with them, and not at them. There is a significant difference.

    We can either recall their statements with fondness for the elder and a healthy sense of humor, or we can recall them with sheer horror and sadness for their declining cognitive function. The former, in my humble opinion, is milder for all involved, including the residents.
    The nurses at the SNF where my Mom is just love my Mom because she IS so funny and cute. As her daughter I find nothing wrong with it and do see the difference between laughing at them and laughing with them. It makes me feel good to know that she is so well loved by the staff.
  10. by   teeniebert
    Quote from tigerlogic
    Actually my favorites have been the demented who speak languages I don't know at me and we have conversations. I had a woman who would scold me in Vietnamese in the cutest funniest way. A different Vietnamese woman would go around to all the calendars and bulletin boards praying to them and receiving blessings. Maybe it worked-- she could walk better than anyone else in the place.
    In my area there are many people from the Netherlands and 1st-generation Americans who spoke only Dutch at home. Several times I've had to ask an elder to please repeat their request/statement because I only speak English. One lady in particular would say, "Ja, okay. So anyway," then continue on in Dutch...we learned to watch for what she looked at and/or pointed to in order to figure out what she needed. I miss her.
  11. by   BrandonLPN
    Teeniebert, you must be from West Michigan, too. I've had a few little old ladies that lapse into Dutch as well.
  12. by   CloudySue
    I was an activity assistant through nursing school. I worked in an Alz/dem unit where I had brought colored pencils and coloring pages that were for adults (like Thomas Kincaid pics, etc.) and I handed a lady a blue pencil, tapped the sky and said, "here, color blue right up here" and she wrote, in perfect penmanship, "blue, blue, blue" all over the sky.
  13. by   GLORIAmunchkin72
    "One day I was guiding Mrs. "A" to the dining room area located within the building. She was a 98-year-old woman born the same year the Titanic sank (1912). At one point during our journey to the dining hall she brought her walker to a pause turned towards me and said, "are you married". I responded by saying, "I am currently not married but I do have a girlfriend". Her response was "OOHHH Shhhucckksss, I thought I had a chance". "

    I wonder if it's the same frail, 79pounder who almost tripped on the way to the dining room because she couldn't take her eyes of the 'handsome young man'.
    She laughed and said "I am not dead yet".

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