Repeatedly I have encountered a problem when taking my husband to a doctor or dentist. When making the appointment, I tell the scheduler to note in the file that this man is in stage 6-7 dementia. Please make sure your doctor gets this. And I have told – EVERYONE – who assists us of the situation. It appears that most do not "get it". The last time I needed ER, both the nurse and the doctor told me separately "Your husband appears to be confused. You should take him to his primary to see what is wrong." When the dentist came into the waiting room to say he didn't know why he was there, I asked if she had been notified and she hadn't. The receptionist's response? "Not a problem." Well it was a problem. I have found myself in-servicing (because I have had training) security people and ICU nurses. The nurse on duty at his care center said she hates to encounter these professionals because they are afraid of Alz. / Dementia patients and don't deal effectively with them. There is so much training available including terrific free videos by Teepa Snow. How do we get the point across. I'm terrified that in a Sundowning event, if the police were involved, they would taze or shoot him.
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