JUNE 8 2021
"𝗜 𝗪𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗚𝗼 𝗛𝗼𝗺𝗲."
It is common to hear our loved ones with dementia say, "I want to go home." Whether they are living with us, at a long-term care facility, or even in their own homes, this isn't easy to hear, especially when repeated regularly. While they may be wanting to be at a home where they have many good memories, often, your loved ones are trying to communicate an unmet need or a desire to feel safe and comfortable. They may be thirsty, hungry, bored, in pain, or even need to use the restroom. They may be afraid because they do not recognize where they are. NEVER tell them they are home or no longer live at home. Doing so will only result in further distress, and they will not believe or trust you. One way to address "I want to go home" is to assure them that you will take them there shortly. Then, determine the cause of their distress or discomfort and alleviate it or redirect them with an activity such as a walk, music, a cup of coffee, or even a conversation they enjoy—anything you can do to redirect them. Most importantly, convey to them how much you care about and support them. They will never forget how you make them feel!
As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns. I am here to help!