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    My Mum was diagnosed mid-2015. 18 months on I am struggling to know when she is telling me something that happened or was imagined. Today she claimed that someone whom she used to work with -over 50 years ago and hundreds of miles away- turned up on her doorstep as he was just passing. I worry that she is too trusting of people turning up.

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    Some confabulations are clearly nonsense (Mum's stories about helping her Grandad train lions and tigers could never have been true, for example). The rest of them always slot into the "doubtful" category because even if the events actually happened they may not have happened at the specified time or have anything to do with the specified reasons.

    I think the key challenge is to find out ways for ensuring critical information can be checked / corroborated. If the PWD says they've a hospital appointment next week, for example, have the carers got good enough links with the GP / hospital to check whether this is so?

    Safeguarding someone who's vulnerable (because of PWD or for any other reason) is a continuing nightmare, isn't it?

    It helps if their financial safety is protected - eg by the phone being barred to scam callers, the debit / credit card and cheque-book being held by a trustworthy, intellectually able family member or friend. If scammers can't easily make money out of the vulnerable person they may well back off and target someone else not so well protected.

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    Your right to worry, my dad had people turn up, but could never tell me who or why etc, I used to panic like mad, sometimes it was true, sometimes it was completely wrong, I used to talk to him loads to try and work out what had happened, most of the time I worked it out. This is a tough phase!! Some things were really not real too and it's hard trying to work out reality from hallucinations

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    My dad tells some fantastic 'stories'. At the moment he is living in a television programme.

    What worries me is that I will not pick up on any ill treatment by carers in his nursing home. He complains about them but it is hard to get him to stay on topic or get to the point. Luckily he often says something that makes us realise it is in his imagination or a misinterpretation of things. For example he says the staff ignore one lady, half an hour visiting shows that is far from the case.

    Luckily my dad generally ignored the door bell due to deafness (despite hearing aids).


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