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How should I react when my dad is hallucinating?

How to I respond when dad is hallucinating? He has dementia
Status: Open    Dec 04, 2014 - 09:19 PM

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Dec 15, 2014 - 03:34 PM

In my experience, the best approach is to go along with the story being put forward, without feeding too much into it. It doesn't really matter if it's untrue -the person in the story is convinced it is and by accompanying them on a brief journey of fantasy, validates them and makes them feel safer/less crazy, and is really quite harmless. The hallucinations are usually very quickly dropped/forgotten but the feeling of safety and harmony, is priceless.

Feb 03, 2015 - 05:52 AM

When my mom sees her sisters or her parents I just go with it. She says she saw them sitting on the couch and now they are gone and wonders where they went. Depending on which family member she is talking about will depend on how I respond. My grandmother will be at church or work or maybe shopping. One aunt will be at bingo or shopping. I usually try to respond with something I knew they used to do. This usually satisfies her and we continue on with whatever we were doing. She may ask me that same question over and over and I just keep answering it. Just answer in your normal voice. I NEVER tell her she is seeing things and they were never there. What purpose would that do other than upset her? Little "fiblets" hurt no one and they are ok with it.
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