Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Dementia = No acceptance of change

Not that you didn't already know this: Folks with dementia cannot bear even the smallest change. A change of room, even on the same hallway, sends them for a loop. And not a good one. Not only will they need to be constantly shown where their new space is, they'll refuse to take their medicine which makes them even more confused. Even if the room has the same set up as the old room, they won't be able to find the restroom. Need I say more? All the sympathy and kindness in the world is not going to make this better. What little stability they had has been taken away. At this point, I don't know if moving them back to their old room will make a change for the better or not. If I were a scientist, this would be interesting. As a caregiver, it's distressing as hell.

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