An elderly relative has been staying at a home for elderly for the past one and a half years. I used to take her out in my car to take some fresh air. She likes to go near playgrounds to hear children playing or to watch flowers and trees (with her limited eyesight).
Since last May, the doctor in charge of the home said that she will not be allowed to go out any more except to go to hospital because of her incontinence and because when she returns back she is aggressive. However, the nurses insist that when she goes out she returns back calmer!
Is his doctor's decision justified? Can a dementia patient be locked inside for good until he/she dies? The home does not have access to a garden and the only window she can look out of is in the dining room and it overlooks a main road with cars passing by.
I worry a lot because I feel that this treatment is unfair. Has anyone passed through this experience before? Do any alternative solutions exist in such situation? I appreciate your comments because I am wasting sleepless nights worrying in vane about her inhumane 'therapy'!