How do I take care of my dad when he acts like a child?
My dad is like a little kid! This morning I had a class to go to for my concealed handgun license. I left him his meds, breakfast and a note telling him where I was going and to please not go anywhere while I am gone. This has worked in the past. I locked the gate behind me.
During the class I get a phone call from my wonderful neighbor informing me that Dad had been walking down the road. She asked him a few questions and then helped him get back into the yard through the secured gate. He asked her how she did it. (he has dementia and his thought process is deteriorated). I left my class and came home to get him and then returned with him to finish up. He would not admit to have climbed through fences. He told me he had slept all morning. When I mentioned the neighbor calling me and telling me the entire story, he wouldn't go on except to admit he had climbed through the fence (he is 83).
So now, I can't just secure the gate! This makes working out at the gym for a few hours or running errands very difficult indeed! I don't want to take him everywhere I go because everything time wise is multiplied by 5 if you know what I mean! ie; getting shoes on, using the bathroom, getting in and out of the car, walking to and from the car, etc etc. I think I am going to go bonkers if I can't step out without him once in awhile!
Thanks for listening!