The need to feel useful

Discussion in 'I have a partner with dementia' started by Rageddy Anne, Feb 5, 2015.

  1. Canadian Joanne

    Canadian Joanne Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 8, 2005
    16,127
    Toronto, Canada
    Grey Lad, what about adding pictures and leaving the labels with the words there? If she's accustomed to seeing the labels, new ones with pictures will simply be that. Nothing has disappeared, just extra added.
     
  2. Rageddy Anne

    Rageddy Anne Registered User

    Feb 21, 2013
    5,984
    Cotswolds
    Yes Jackie, It came as a surprise lately when my husband headed off in the wrong direction indoors. I couldn't work out why he wouldn't go up to bed unless I went with him, then realised he couldn't remember which was our bedroom. Leaving a light on in our ensuite at night has been very useful. My friend's husband did a wee in the chest of drawers!
    Last thing at night mine likes to switch off the bedroom lights and open the window; that makes him feel useful.
     
  3. Spamar

    Spamar Registered User

    Oct 5, 2013
    6,984
    Suffolk
    OH doesn't know where bedroom, shower room are and we live in a bungalow which is basically a corridor with rooms off! One day I was sitting at the table and he got up, opened door into conservatory and had a pee! He has, in times past used the bin in the bedroom a couple of times, fortunately plastic.
     
  4. Optomistic

    Optomistic Registered User

    Jul 24, 2014
    116
    Manchester
    My husband has early alzheimers he is 77 and does the hoovering on Fridays and helps me by packing the shopping up in Tesco's. I do everything else for him but he loves doing these jobs for me.
     
  5. truth24

    truth24 Registered User

    Oct 13, 2013
    5,725
    North Somerset
    Fred often used his plastic waste bin before incontinence set in. As you say, they can be given a good scrub out

    Sent from my GT-N5110
     

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