My grandfather has had dementia for at least the past 3 years. We, his family, suspected it about 2 years earlier, but we couldn’t get the doctors to figure out what was wrong. That means he’s probably had it for five years, and it worsens over time as the patient goes through different stages. My mom and me take turns helping him out whenever he needs it. But he has now reached the roaming stage, which means that he needs even more help. This is where dementia care in Brooklyn has come in handy for us.
When talking about dementia, you will often hear people discuss the fact that people who have it will begin to roam. Often, this is because the person wants to “go home.” They will say this even if they are still living in their own home and have been for the past 20..or even 50 years. Experts have said that the mind regresses back to childhood, and they forget everything at some point between their childhood and the present, so when they use the word “home,” they typically mean the childhood home where they grew up. Most children feel safe in the place that they grew up in and often think of it fondly, even as adults.
So, when your loved on reaches that stage, they will often do whatever they can to go back home, only that home often no longer exists. They will try to leave the house and walk, or take a bus or even try to drive there. This is when problems can occur and your loved one can be seriously harmed when they become confused when on their own. You have probably seen news reports in your city alerting viewers to a lost senior citizen. And that is when you need someone to be with them around the clock. Someone needs to be there to watch the door to make sure they don’t leave and get hurt. This can be done by hiring a caretaker for all those times that you need to run to the grocery store or go to work.