I work with aggressive alzheimer patients, on a locked unit. I have worked with alzheimer patients for 6 years. I just wanted to say from a CNA's point a view, there ARE moments when the alzheimers patients have their moment of "sanity" I have seen just about all of my residents (36) at a point where they DO remember. I know its absolutely heart wrenching that they don't remember their own family, and I have seen the pain of the family members that are trying to cope with this disease. It's all about timing with these patients. Let me give you an example. One of my patients has not said ONE word in 4 years. Her family comes every other day and has for the past 2 years, and its always the same. She rocks back and forth, with a blank stare, and responds to nothing they say. I went in to serve her lunch a couple weeks ago. When I sat down on the bed, she said "you look just like my daughter Sam" She went on to tell me that she had 4 kids, told me their names, and ages (even though she had the ages wrong). I was taken aback. I hit the call button and had the rest of the crew come in. She recognized one of the other workers, from earlier that morning, and said "thank you for changing my bed." I left the room and made a run for her chart and the cordless phone. We called her POA and put her on the phone. At the end of the conversation, the POA (one of her children) was crying. She could not believe that she was talking. She gathered up the rest of her family and came to the home. By that time, the patient was once again silent. The point is....even though most of the time they may not know you from Adam....they do have their moments. I hope that all of you who are affected by this disease find this comforting, and although you may not get that same phone call, just remember that alzheimer patients sometimes do have moments where they DO remember. If anybody has any questions, let me know!
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