My dad lives with his wife in a house (her house) that he moved into 17 years ago when they were married. He began showing early signs of dementia since 2010. He has progressed to the point that he mixes up the fact that he thinks my mother is still alive and needs cared for and that he lives in his childhood town. He only knows that his wife is a person that cares for him, but not that she is his wife. She does not have any of his personal belongings out in the open other than pictures of the two of them, which confuses him. When sun-downers syndrome occurs he thinks it is time to go home. He gets frustrated that he can't just leave or that I won't take him home (or to church). He gets upset he doesn't have his keys or any money in his pockets. My dad is a fall risk. He has very little balance but doesn't remember he needs to use his walker, or he pushes it aside and doesn't think he needs it. After all, he doesn't realize he is 88 years old. He only began using the walker after a heart attack last year. He has fallen several times and gotten hurt but remarkably he heals very quickly.
What does anyone suggest my family says when he thinks it's time to go home. I try to distract him and change the subject but that is working less and less.
Thank you in advance for your suggestions.