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How do I deal with my father and his repeated attempts to go home?

Status: Open    Aug 29, 2016 - 06:57 AM

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Aug 29, 2016 - 07:06 AM

Here are a couple strategies to help with this.

1. Engage in activities - when people start talking about going home, it is usually when they are not participating in an activity. Any activity so keeping them occupied may help.

2. Do not keep keys, purse, shoes, etc by the front door. Many times seeing something that prompts "leaving" makes people want to leave.

3. Cover the front door. Use a tapestry to cover the door and doorknobs or there are stickers on Amazon that fit over doors that look like a library, which gives the impression that there is no door to leave.

4. Place a black mat in front of the door. It sounds odd but as people with dementia progress, their visual perceptual skills also decrease. Sometimes the mat looks like a hole and people avoid stepping on it to access doors.

5. "Do not enter" signs on the door. Use ones that construction sites use, not a hand written one (does not look legit or authorative enough).
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