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My landlady knocks on the door.

Beauty

Registered User
Aug 9, 2015
1
Dear support friends,
I am a renter with no care commitments. I live close by to my landlady and want to help her stay in her own home. She knocks often which I sometimes ignore (she is up and moving so no emergency). Yesterday she continued and started banging (first time) SO noisily I got off a really important phone call. She then accused me of going into her home and leaving doors open. I accept the accusations and doors left open. However, yesterday I got really upset and angry at what felt like a bombardment into my personal space and home life. I am asking for help .... what would you suggest, how to manage, while I am living here and she close by? What to do?
Thank you.
 

jaymor

Volunteer Moderator
Jul 14, 2006
12,795
England
Hello Beauty and welcome to Talking Point.

It is good that you want to help your landlady to stay in her own home but she also needs some professional help to assess her present state and what help she needs.

Becoming a carer is a great commitment, does she have any family who can see that she gets the help she needs? Has she been diagnosed or just showing symptoms?

You are entitled to your own space and privacy and to reside there in peace.
 

Long-Suffering

Registered User
Jul 6, 2015
425
Hello Beauty,

Welcome to TP.

I agree with Jaymor you need to talk to her family if that is possible. She isn't your responsibility, but it is good of you to be so caring.

LS
 

Tin

Registered User
May 18, 2014
4,825
UK
You should contact her family, if any. If this is dementia her behaviour will get worse. Well done for being a caring neighbour/tenant. If no family then maybe her solicitor, You do have a tenant's right to privacy.
 

JayGun

Registered User
Jun 24, 2013
291
Do you know what doctor's surgery she's at? If you don't have any contact with her family then letting her doctor know about this behaviour might be another avenue to getting her some help. Because that's what this behaviour is in my opinion, a cry for help.

My parents live in a retirement apartment complex and when other residents start doing this the manager always alerts the family and their GP.
 

Witzend

Registered User
Aug 29, 2007
4,291
SW London
This must be very difficult and upsetting for you. Unfortunately, people with dementia do get ideas into their heads which absolutely nothing can shift - intruders, people taking or interfering with their things, etc. It can be very hard to deal with, because by a certain stage it is often impossible to reason with someone with dementia. Also, the person will often be quite unable to remember any request or instructions - e.g. please do not knock on my door after 10 pm - even if they have agreed at the time.

If nobody such as family/GP etc. is aware of her dementia then as others have said, they should be made aware, but it is sadly all too likely likely that they will not be able to do anything to change her behaviour. This may be a passing phase, or it may get worse. If it does, and you begin to find it impossible to live with, then I am afraid to say that your best option may be to move. Let's hope it's just a passing phase, and it won't come to that.
 

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