:wink2: Just a wee note to say how disgusted I was recently to hear a nurse in my facility tell a resident her husband 'flying in heaven'. The lady in question was not terribly confused but probably for her own comfort liked to convince herself that everynight her husband came to see her. We tended to go along with her and she got very animated telling us what her husband and her got up to! When this poor excuse for a nurse butt in, the lady was very upset and cried for ages. Why do people do this? I know from personal experience with my gran too, it can be very degrading and confusing to persistently correct which is why I am quite happy for her to think I am her brother or the cleaning lady or whatever. If their delusions bring them pleasure we should strive to become a part of their altered reality. Living in confused bliss vs living in confusing and degrading reality? It is amazing how many of my oldies think I was around in 1950!!!
Sep 30, '10
As a new CNA that just tested with the Red Cross. We were taught to not play along with Dementia Residents, but to remind them of who was actually in the room and the real date. I personally found this to be harsh. However, that is what folks are learning!
I would just ask that during orientation for new employees in a field where Dementia is present, please inform the new staff not to re-orientate. Otherwise, new staff doing what they had just been taught and tested on, will inadvertenly harm patients and upset more informed staff.
Many thanks for the information!
Last edit by justthefacts8 on Sep 30, '10
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