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Dad with dementia calling us at night, how can we handle this?

Dad has started calling us multiple times per night because he thinks he is late for an appointment. I tried to explain that it was the middle of the and that he needed to go to bed. He lives in assisted living and usually does very well. I don't want to take his phone away because if something happens he does need to get ahold of us. It scares the daylights out of us when the phone rings in the middle of the night because we think something has happened to him.
Status: Open    Feb 22, 2016 - 01:20 PM

Dementia, Caregiving

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Mar 04, 2016 - 10:48 AM

If you haven’t already done so, I would suggest that you discuss this issue with the manager of the assisted living facility. They should be able to make some suggestions for you, especially if they have expertise with individuals who have dementia. One suggestion might be that the caregivers keep your dad’s phone for him. He can go to them whenever he wants to make a call. Then if he wants to use the phone at night, they can reassure him that he does not have an appointment and delay him from calling until a more appropriate time. If he is calling you at inappropriate times, he may also be calling others. Assisted living facilities usually have a plan of care for each resident. Handling his phone situation would be an appropriate issue for his care plan.
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