Many Alzheimer’s patients experience unexpected urges to reconnect with their past. Trying to convince someone with Alzheimer’s that their uncle Joseph is no longer living, or that he’s too far away, is no use.
So, how to manage these situations? One solution that’s just come to our attention: placing fake bus stops outside of clinical facilities taking care of Alzheimer’s patients.
According to the publication of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, a few nursing homes in Germany are quite comfortable with letting their Alzheimer’s patients wait for the bus, to wherever they plan on going. Once the urge passes, and the patient can’t recall why they’re waiting, caregivers can redirect the patient to another activity.