The national Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center recently releases a series of caregiver “tip sheets” designed to give quick, helpful suggestions for common challenges faced when caring for persons with Alzheimer’s disease.
Here are helpful tips on responding to hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia. Click here for more tips from the ADEAR.
Hallucinations and Delusions:
- Tell the doctor or Alzheimer’s disease specialist about the hallucinations or delusions.
- Discuss with the doctor any illnesses the person with Alzheimer’s has and medicines he or she is taking. Sometimes an illness or medicine may cause hallucinations or delusions.
- Try not to argue with the person about what he or she sees or hears. Comfort the person if he or she is afraid.
- Distract the person. Sometimes moving to another room or going outside for a walk helps.
- Turn off the TV when violent or upsetting programs are on. Someone with Alzheimer’s may think these events are happening in the room.
- Make sure the person is safe and can’t reach anything that could be used to hurt anyone or him or herself.
- Try not to react if the person blames you for something.
- Don’t argue with the person.
- Let the person know that he or she is safe.
- Use gentle touching or hugging to show you care.
- Search for things to distract the person, then talk about what you found. For example, talk about a photograph or keepsake.