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My dad needs head caresses

Discussion in 'Middle - later stages of dementia' started by misinito, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. misinito

    misinito Registered User

    Feb 9, 2015
    3
    Hello. Me and my mum baffled by this: my dad seems obsessed with taking her hand up to his head, and she needs to leave there, or pat him gently. No idea why. One theory she has is that it's a regression to babyhood, when his head was supported by someone else?

    Has anybody encountered this or knows about it?

    Thanks!
     
  2. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    10,531
    Female
    South coast
    Im sorry, Ive no idea, but if its not doing any harm - why not comply?
     
  3. Spamar

    Spamar Registered User

    Oct 5, 2013
    6,972
    Suffolk
    OH likes his head and/or back rubbed, but then, he always did. But it nearly always calms him down.
     
  4. misinito

    misinito Registered User

    Feb 9, 2015
    3
    just confused

    It's not a problem as such, but eventually my mum does need to do other than that. It does calm him down... for a few seconds:rolleyes:
     
  5. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,713
    Female
    London
    This might feel like out of left field but how about putting a nice comfy hat or cap on him, even inside the house? It might mimick the comfort touch can give.
     
  6. Tin

    Tin Registered User

    May 18, 2014
    4,826
    UK
    My mum likes to have her hair combed, washed, curled and under the hair dryer for 10 minutes. She also loves a warmed Lavender wheat bag, wrapped around her neck in an old fur collar. Maybe a lavender wheat bag would work for you.
     

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