Funniest/strangest dementia patient stories - page 12

by Angie O'Plasty

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I'm sure we all have them, especially those of us who have worked in LTC. Here are some of mine: -climbing into other residents' beds and taking a nap...one time we found the resident sleeping in a bed that was already... Read More


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    I took a client for a walk outside, when all of a sudden he turned to me and asked if they were any tigers there.

    While doing a task, I was mumbling to myself. I told my patient not pay attention and that I also talk to the computer. She wanted to know if it answered me back.

    During an overnight shift in an elderly couple's home, I was awakened in the middle of the night by an argument they were having. The wife (who had dementia) was convinced she was hearing noises in their bedroom and the husband (who did not have dementia) said she was imagining. I asked the wife to show me where the noises were coming from. It turned out it was the husband's hearing aids that were making that noise, but he couldn't hear them.
    One of my first jobs was in a very old hospital. We had a patient who was insisting that mice were dancing in the room. The nurse was humoring him, until the "dancing" mouse ran across her foot.
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    When i was in nursing school..

    There was a little old lady who would roll around in her w/c and talk to us. She would look at us, clap her hands and shout "i'm gon' tear your hindparts up!!!" Every few minutes she'd point at someone different and say "trouble..you is trouble. You the ringleader!"
    The funniest thing this woman would do though..she'd motion for you to come close so she could whisper in your ear, and proceed to ask you "can you find me a rich old man with no balls?"

    Where i work now is something different everynight. I was in the med room and i heard this old man ask one of the cna's, "are yall goin to give me some sex or should i just go back to bed?"

    One morning a man was sitting in his w/c,
    Looks at me and 3 of my coworkers and shouts, "four women and no coffee!!"

    I love geriatrics and memory care. So many stories to tell.
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    There was a cute little old guy one night sitting in the hall at work. His name was John (changed). I stopped to talk to him and said "Hi John, what are you reading?" He told me "I don't know. I am just trying to look impressive." I told him to keep it up he was doing a good job. Later I walked by again and he told me it was called Savages. He also said that I needed to "get a memory" He said "mine is gone and it takes about 20 years to get one." I replied "Well then I guess I am in some deep trouble."

    My grandma has dementia and told my mom that "those trees are dead and they just don't know it yet". My mom and dad busted out laughing.

    My grandma is obsessed with the trees around when the seasons change. She also keeps asking me about my son and having to go to school even though she knows it is summer and July.

    My grandma was walking around the store with me and picking up every piece of plastic and boxes an putting it in the garbage. She was obsessed with it to a insane point. I had to tell her to leave it that maybe they were not throwing it away for a reason.

    My grandma thought my son came with me to see her in the hospital tonight. He was at home in bed.

    One day while I was taking a nap before night shift my grandma left my house and walked to her house ( 15 blocks) and left me a note that she went. My mom asked her why she waited till I was asleep to do it and she replied "she wouldn't let me if she was awake so I waited for her to go to take her nap before work."

    My grandma also left my house in the middle of the night with only her pajamas on. No socks, no shoes, no jacket, and no glasses. When we asked her why she did it she said "I need to go to my house to get it ready to sell. I wish the cops would have picked me up. I was getting sore feet from walking all that way." Now I have my doors alarmed at night so I can hear her get up and open the door.

    Grandma constantly packs her clothes in plastic bags and I have no idea why except she thinks she may need them at her house. We have told her she isn't going to live alone because it isn't safe.


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