In Their Eyes.


This happens ALL. THE. TIME. I have a resident – who we’ll call Todd – who CONSTANTLY thinks that I or the other staff are trying to poison him. Side note: When a person is in a NURSING HOME OR RETIREMENT HOME, they are called a RESIDENT as this is where they live. Patients are in HOSPITALS. When dealing with dementia or Alzhiemers, you will not win the argument. You’re no longer talking to Todd, you’re talking to a disease that doesn’t give a flying fuck about you, or anyone else. A disease, with no logic. So don’t use logic. When my resident complains that his tea has poison in it, I just dump it out and get him a new one. There have been times where he will flat out refuse to come anywhere near me or the dining room because it’s been poisoned. A lot of people have asked me what I’m to do in that situation. You do nothing. If your resident is being physically or verbally agressive, you make sure they’re safe and let them be. Arguing will accomplish nothing. This same resident asked me to come into his room one day because his bed was on fire. I got down on my hands and knees, looked under the bed just to reassure him that there was no fire. He still didn’t believe me and was convinced we were out to get him. You can’t win all the time.

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