Today Dad called to ask where is his home. These phone calls really rattle me.Today is the 4th of July and it is dark, gloomy and raining. Dad lives in a very nice Independent Living facility that has Assisted Living options which I recently ordered. The Staff also had noted the recent sundowning.
Dad called me this afternoon saying he plans to go home but he can't remember where home is. I mentioned to him to look around the room, does the furniture look familiar... and he said yes. I said he is in his home. Oh ok.... then he said he will stay the night then go home.
Then I distracted him and asked him how was the 4th of July lunch? He talked about that for a minute, then he was back on where does he live.
Dad never been tested for dementia but all the signs are there for sundowning. With the sky being dark apparently the sundowning came on earlier this afternoon. Dad did say he is confused, so he knows something isn't quite right. Are there any meds that might help him?
It's only been a month or so of this sundowning, but I still can't wrap my brain around this. This is still so new to me. But after we finish our phone call, I am very jittery. I have been seeing my own primary doctor to get help with these shakes, waiting for the meds to finally kick in... soon I hope.