1. chelsea girl

    chelsea girl Registered User

    Jan 25, 2015
    139
    Mum is crying saying she wants to go home but she is home, am i faiing her cos shes sad?
     
  2. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    10,809
    Female
    South coast
    Not at all chelseagirl, Im afraid its only too common with dementia. :(
    She is forgetting about her home and dosnt recognise it now. Quite often people with dementia say they want to go home, but actually what they mean is that they want to go back to a time and place where they werent confused (and often scared).

    When she says this, it wont work if you try and persuade her that it is her home. Can you change the subject and talk about something else when this happens? Please dont blame yourself
     
  3. Cat27

    Cat27 Volunteer Moderator

    Feb 27, 2015
    10,346
    Merseyside
    You're not failing her at all.
    She's muddled.

    Have you tried distracting her by talking about something she enjoys?
     
  4. Witzend

    Witzend Registered User

    Aug 29, 2007
    4,289
    SW London
    If distraction doesn't work, you could try telling her you'll take her tomorrow.
    I often said this to my mother when she was wanting to go home to her long-dead parents. We couldn't go today because the roads were very busy/icy/the main road was closed because of a bad accident/my car was being serviced, you name it, I had any number of fib-reasons. But they always pacified her for the moment and she never remembered that I'd said much the same before. If your mum's short term memory is also very bad you would very likely find the same.
    Whatever, it is most definitely not your fault - it's the beastly dementia.
     
  5. tre

    tre Registered User

    Sep 23, 2008
    1,353
    Herts
    Dear Chelsea Girl,
    it is not your fault. Your mum cannot make sense of reality because of the dementia and is wanting to return to a time and place where she felt safe. As others have said this is quite common but it does not make it less distressing to not be able to fix things for someone you love.
    It might work to distract her with music. My mum was always cheered up by the hits of her youth and when she got agitated on the day she died I managed to calm her by singing songs she had sung to me as a child. Scarlet Ribbons was and Golden Slumbers calmed her.
    Tre
     
  6. Summerheather

    Summerheather Registered User

    Feb 22, 2015
    160
    My Mum does this quite often, sometimes she packs a newspaper in a carrier bag and wants to know when we are taking her home and she's been living with us for 6 years.

    I usually suggest a nice cup of tea and a biscuit to change the subject - to be honest it's whatever you think will work at the time.


    It's horrible really.
     
  7. BR_ANA

    BR_ANA Registered User

    Jun 27, 2012
    1,082
    Brazil
    A car ride or walking with her could calm her. If you can't do it, an explanation that it is night and that she will go tomorrow morning.
     

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