i had a confused patient the other night, and one of the aides says, "why don't you call her daughter who was here last night? she said she could stay with her." so i find the face sheet (no daughter listed - i thought maybe it was the dil) and call the person listed as son. a man answers with that name (listed as son) and i tell him i'm calling about his mother. i tell him that she is confused, keeps getting out of bed, and i'm afraid she will fall because she is unsteady. tell him i need someone to come stay with her. at first he seems to know who i'm talking about, but then he says, "your mother is confused? who is your mother?" i tell him, "no, it's your mother, so and so." we go around about this for a few minutes, then he says that so and so is his wife and she is lying next to him in bed. i ask wife's dob; it's the same as my patient. address? yep, same as my patient. so i ask if his wife is awake? yep. can i speak with her? "just a minute." minute later, "oh, she must have gone out on the back patio. let me get her." two minutes later, "oh, she must still be in the hospital!!!" i was getting so confused i had our ua go ask the patient her name! had us in hysterics! finally, husband says that he will send wife's caregiver over to stay with patient - which he does. sounds like he needs a caregiver himself!