My Mother constantly steals things around the house, then hoards them in different hiding places in her room.
My Mother, 75 w/Dementia, constantly steals items around the house, from food, to paper towels, to toilet paper, to sweet n low sugar packets, to towels, to even my Dad's stuff, Or even her own stuff. Then she would hoard the items, stash them in bags, boxes, and in between clothes. Thankful she hasn't stole money. Then she forgets where she stashed them. And my Brother(POA) has to re-buy items, like socks, underwear, shampoo, washcloths, and even toilet paper. We never confronted her about it, or asked her to stop. We just all stay in peace, and try to work around it. It can be very frustrating when I, the caregiver has to put away things, like toilet paper, food, even sweet n low packets. Then she accuses family members of stealing items, from her and my Dad. We all understand her, but is this part of the Dementia? Does she have a type of cleptomania? Or is she just a thief? And how do I, as a caregiver work around this, without getting frustrated, without being against her, or confronting her. Thank you, for your suggestions.