How to handle a dementia patient gone wild
This hasn't happened, but in my dealings with my dad (Alzheimer's) this could and I just wanted to brainstorm how to deal with it.
One of the issues with dementia type patients is that they can suddenly get violent with no warning. So let's say that an 80 something year old man is in a dining hall with dozens of other people at one of these larger retirement facilities. You are there having a meal with one of your parents. All of a sudden, this man gets violent. He has never done it before, so it is a total surprise to everyone. He picks up a standard table knife and starts stabbing people. Security is on their way, but in the meantime, he is hurting people, mostly elderly people who really can't move fast or defend themselves.
Now, this man is not evil or bad. This violent behavior is just part of the disease and can happen unexpectantly.
Just want to get some ideas of the best way to handle this.
Sorry, but don't get too fearful
You are talking about a theoretical possibility but one which isn't too likely to turn real given that your dad was not a violent fellow when he was still well.
Originally Posted by exactlymypoint
Sometimes dementia patients become passive instead.
Try to not worry yourself too much with imaginary scenarios. You'll intuitively do the right thing at the time that something happens.
Play the hand as it comes
What I am saying is, play the hand as it comes and not as your imagination might create it.
Originally Posted by Cupcake
Exactly has a tough situation for any child, and needs to be as nice to himself as he possibly can be. That includes, not worrying himself to death over things he has no control over.
Should something happen, he will do the right thing as he sees it at the moment. In the meantime, there is at least as good a chance that dad will stay passive as go off the deep end.
Endless worry about "what ifs" accomplishes very little in life. And believe me, I know. And I've learned the lesson that life is too short to worry about imaginary problems the hard way.