Should I feel guilty? - page 4

by CapeCodMermaid 5,984 Views | 36 Comments

I work in a large facility. We have many residents with dementia. Most of them continue to say they want to go home. We change the subject and try to distract them until they think of something else.On Friday when I was getting... Read More


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    I think you did good.
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    I was wondering, if someone is suffering from dementia, could you make up a false reality and have them believe it?Eg. It's so snowy outside today! (When in fact it's summer out). Or telling them their someone famous and this their house or something with lots of guests?
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    Quote from Dezy
    I was wondering, if someone is suffering from dementia, could you make up a false reality and have them believe it?Eg. It's so snowy outside today! (When in fact it's summer out). Or telling them their someone famous and this their house or something with lots of guests?
    I've used the 'its snowing' on many occasions when in reality its 90 degrees out and July. Works well as long as they don't decide to look out the window.

    I wouldn't make up something about them being famous. But if they are thinking they are..then I'd go along. But to make it up without prompting from the patient, I wouldn't do it.
    BostonTerrierLoverRN likes this.
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    I would like to be told I'm famous, Lol! But I know that's probably pushing the envelope for the Nursing Home I'll be able to afford
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    I think reorienting is kind of a waste of time. Doesn't help the person to realize that they're stuck in the nursing home. I always say, "I think it might be tomorrow" or something similar if someone asks me that.
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    In our dementia classes we are taught to use therapeutic fibbing, as they call it. It is much better than trying reality orientation. Bwsides, you made her smile and seem at ease at least at that one moment in time
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    I always have a little trouble with "where am I?". Seriously. I really don't want to say "you're in the nursing home", but what else can I say? If we're in the bedroom I guess I can just say "You're in your bedroom", but what if I'm just out in the hallway pushing someone in their wheelchair and they ask "what is this place?".

    For "when am I going home" I always say "Oh, pretty soon!". For "oh, I need to get out of here and go home" I use "Oh, you'd better stay here tonight, it's storming outside! The weather's terrible!" =)


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