My cousin, who has Vascular Dementia and suspected Alzheimer's, finally tried to leave the ALF where she was staying recently. She has always been a home body and never liked going outside. When I would visit at the ALF and ask if she wanted to sit on the patio, she would always refuse. She didn't even like the blinds to stay open. I was a little surprised when she tried to go into the parking lot in her wheelchair twice in one day looking for her car.
She was intent on leaving and would not let it go, even though I discussed how it was something we would investigate, process paperwork, etc. She told me she wanted to go back to Garden City, the county of her birth. We both have fond childhood memories in that town.
It's in an adjacent county and it must have been fate, as that is where the nearest Secure Memory Unit was located! So, I told her yes, we would go to Garden City. She was delighted and she smiled and talked of how she loved returning to Garden City throughout the drive there.
She was happy when we arrived and after she got settled in, she was smiling and watching tv with her new friends when I left. She says she's happy there and didn't mention going home again. I think that she thinks she is home in Garden City. Only time will tell.
I was just wondering if all dementia patients repeatedly beg to go home or if that is something that only Alzheimers patients do. Does anyone know?