When The Other Shoe Drops Like a Bomb
Taking care of an Alzheimers patient
Today has really been a rough day.
I work in in home care for the elderly and many of them have Alzheimers or Dementia. You kind off get used to it after a while but some days are just really hard.
I have a patient that has been doing very well these last few weeks. He remembered me and my name and knew why I was there. Today he was completely lost and scared. In his mind I was a stranger, an intruder that came to help him with things that he thought he could do himself.
In January this year he moved from his lifelong home to a small apartment in the same neighbourhood. Today he was really confused and angry that he was alone in some strange place and thought that I was locking him in there. He wanted me to go get his mom so she could explain to me that he lived with his parents. He is 86 years old.
It was completely heartbreaking for me to see that things could get so bad in one day. That a friend, a person that I care for and meet every day was so lost and scared. And the hardest part of all is to pretend that what he is saying is true. To calm him down by saying that I will contact his mom and let him think that there is nothing strange about him not knowing me.
Today was rough. But the only thing that is important is to keep calm, keep going and just hope for the best. ##AlzheimersDisease ##alzheimers ##Dementia #HealthCare #coping #HomeCare #Rough #Workplace ##Work #Pretending