Keeping the patient occupied

cescaclem

Registered User
Jun 15, 2008
12
London
Hello,
Can anyone advise me: my father-in-law (newly diagnosed) is staying with us. At his own home, he is normally active (washing-up, helping with the cooking, pottering in the garden etc)
I've been trying to involve him a bit here (shelling peas, washing up a few cups etc) but, although he agrees, he seems a little reluctant, as if he's tired. Should I just leave him watching the TV or is it worth encouraging him to do a few things each day?
Thanks for any advice!
Francesca
 

connie

Registered User
Mar 7, 2004
9,519
Frinton-on-Sea
Goodmorning Francesca,

It may be that as your FIL is out of his usual environment and routine, he will need more help and encourangment.

He may be unsure of exactly where things are placed, and sequencing is a matter of habit he may be experiencing some mild confusion.

I would carry on as you are, with lots of encouragement and praise.
 

cescaclem

Registered User
Jun 15, 2008
12
London
Thank you!

Hi Connie,
Thanks you so much. I can't tell you how much help this forum is. Volunteers like you are real lifesavers to people like me thrust into a new situation and trying to harness all the information I need as each challenge arises.
You're wonderful!
francesca