21st September 2016
The husband of one of our elderly clients with dementia passed away years ago, but that doesn’t stop her talking about him and fretting that she hasn’t prepared his supper. One strategy would be to tell her that Pete died years ago and she doesn’t need to worry about cooking for him, but our excellent home carers understand that this would agitate her more.
Instead, they enter her world. “Don’t worry, Pete’s not home yet,” they tell her. “When he comes in, he can make his own tea, can’t he? Just pretend you’re asleep!” By entering her world, they keep her calm and contented; they know it’s working when she sings – a sure sign that she is happy.