OMG!!! I'm trying to stay patient in this situation, but I was NOT cut out for dealing with dementia. I get stressed VERY easily and I have little patience. This has been a test for both my father and me.
For the past week or so, I have to rearrange Dad's room every time I visit. He's got it in his head that he's moving or going somewhere, so he will literally take everything out of the closet and drawers in his room at the ALF and pile it in the floor.
The first couple of times I just told him today is not moving day and resentfully put everything back, but this will make the FOURTH time I've had to put things back. With two jobs and very little time, it gets very frustrating to have to rearrange his room every time I visit. I tried to leave it the last time it happened, and the ALF staff had to put him on extra oxygen because he tired himself out doing all of that moving. THEN the nurse questioned why I "let" Dad do that.
I didn't LET him do anything. He has it stuck in his head (typical dementia behavior) that he's going somewhere. Questioning him about it is futile because he has no idea where the thought originated. His sentence sounds like this "Someone said something about you and somebody moving something somewhere...." I'm NOT exaggerating. WTH does that MEAN?!?!?
ANYWAY, does anyone have any ideas of how I can get his mind off moving so I don't have to spend in excess of two hours putting things back or getting raised eyebrows from the ALF staff?
Dementia is hard enough ALONE, but when you add being legally blind AND COPD, It's catastrophic. Poor guy...