Funny & Cute Things Our Demented Patients Say - page 4

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   Double-Helix
    I definitely agree with therapeutic fibbing.

    One of my favorite nursing home moments came when I was working as a CNA. I had a patient who was repeatedly trying to climb out of bed, but physically unable to do so. After a few times of helping her get back into the bed, I finally asked her what was wrong. She began a long story about how she was so concerned about "John" and "my father" because they were at evening Christmas Eve mass, there was a snow storm coming, and there was no one to pick them up. She only settled down after I assured her that I would leave immediately and go bring them home.

    Before I left the room she smiled, squeezed my hand, thanked me, and wished me a "Merry Christmas."

    I knew that reality orientation would have been futile in this situation. It was, after all, the middle of July.
  2. by   mixyRN
    A patient with dementia sings to his bedside sitter:

    "Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    I love your fat a$$
    But I'll still cheat on you!"

    He had us all rolling on the floor with laughter.
  3. by   CapeCodMermaid
    The thread next to this is how the elderly are devalued. This kind of thread seems to add to that attitude.
  4. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    The thread next to this is how the elderly are devalued. This kind of thread seems to add to that attitude.
    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.
  5. by   BrandonLPN
    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    The thread next to this is how the elderly are devalued. This kind of thread seems to add to that attitude.
    Someone needs a sense of humor injection! Stat!
  6. by   CapeCodMermaid
    I have a sense of humor, thank you. There is a fine line between laughing with someone and laughing at them. Perhaps I am a bit over sensitive today since it was my 11th day of work without a break AND I had to talk to the staff about NOT calling residents who can't hear deaffies.
  7. by   BrandonLPN
    I wasn't there when your staff said that, but I'm guessing there was no real disrespect intended. As long as there was no malice and they were talking only amongst themselves, I don't see the harm. I've heard residents referred to as "walkie-talkies", "tube feeders", "totals", "drugies" etc. And not just in LTC. It's even more prevalent in hospitals. They're just labels we use. No, it's not the most professional way to talk, but we're only human. Trust me, doctors talk like this amongst themselves, too. Not that serious. If you go around *looking* for something to be upset and indignant about, you'll find it every time. Focus on the stuff that *really* matters and let the little stuff go. JMHO.
  8. by   nursefrances
    Yesterday, I had the sweetest patient with dementia, in her 90's. Every once in a while she would look at me with pursed lips and narrow her eyes and say "you.....are a wicked, wicked woman." She didn't like me to do anything to her, bp check, She said this to me when I changed her iv transparent dressing. She really was the sweetest lady when her family was with her.
  9. by   MrsCuoco
    I worked in a LTC facility as a CNA for a short time before being accepted into nursing school. I was on the floor below the dementia unit but there was still some spillover to our floor and a LOT of borderline elders. I not only got to observe a lot of these amusing things going on but heard many stories from seasoned aides. I'll never, as long as I live, forget the story about Mrs Z:

    Mrs Z was 98 years old and really shouold have been on the dementia ward but there was no room. She was, well...ENTHUSIASTIC about the opposite sex and propositioned every elderly gentleman on our floor as well as the few male nurses and aides. She even started flashing residents in the dining room so after that they started putting her shirts on backwards. She was frequently caught masturbating and would moan quite loudly. And she would tell anyone at all who would listen about her late husband's lovemaking prowess, extolling the virtues of his, well...ya know.

    One night she said to her nurse that all she wanted was to have sex one more time before she died. Just one last lay and she could die happy. The nurse was moved by how sincere Mrs. Z was, and she went out the next day and bought her a vibrating "implement". She gave it to Mrs Z who was as ecstatic as all get-out. She left Mrs. Z to enjoy her present, and that very night Mrs. Z passed in her sleep with a huge grin on her face.
  10. by   Always_Learning
    Quote from GrnTea
    I had a lady in the throes of the DTs yelling and screaming about who knows what, and not responding to any quiet words, tocuh, or anything else. The rest of the ICu was getting a little edgy about it. So I said to her, sotto voce, "Barbara, you have to be quiet, you'll wake the baby." And she looked me right in the eye and said, calmly, "There's no baby here, I'm in the hospital," and went right back to screaming about who knows what.
  11. by   NurseCard
    The other night I went into one of my rt's room to flush her G tube.
    She looked at me and smiled and said "HIIIIIII! Yer sexy!!" =)
    I laughed and then said "I like your babies" (she has these two baby
    dolls that she cuddles and sleeps with.
    She said "Thank you.... they're sexy TOO!"
  12. by   Creamsoda
    Quote from That Guy
    I had a guy once who was dead set he was the king of some country. He kept ripping his tele box off until I told him it was the medal his queen gave him for conquering the heathens. He then had to show it off to everyone that came in he room proclaiming he was a great king.

    Also had another person refuse to go to bed because then us nurses would just have a "screw party"

    Sometimes it is just better and more fun to play into the peoples world.

    OMG thats hilarious.
  13. by   BCgradnurse
    I was assigned to an elderly gentleman with dementia in my first med-surg clinical. I'd go in to check on him, and he would take my hand and say "what is it about me that attracts you so?" He was so sweet, and so in his own reality that I just went along with it.