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  •  Tuesday, July 4, 2017  
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  •  Dementia Care

Lying to a dementia patient may seem immoral, but new theories about emotional stability and well-being advocate gentle, respectful lying.

The need for therapeutic lying

Interacting with patients who have dementia can be a significant challenge. We all have a deeply-rooted desire to communicate with our parents and grandparents in a way that is respectful, honest, and caring. But the very nature of dementia can make this difficult, and sometimes heartbreaking.

For example, a father whose wife passed away may frequently ask for his late spouse. Whenever his children explain to him that mother died five years ago, he grieves like it just happened. It would seem immoral to lie, but the truth is causing him pain. According to a new theory {therapeutic lying in dementia care} may, in certain situations, be the gentle, appropriate solution.

Lying to dementia patients: the moral justification

By tradition, the medical field requires complete honesty. Patients need to be forthright with doctors for the best diagnosis, and doctors owe it to patients to disclose all information. So how can trained nurses, neurologists, psychologists, and physicians possibly justify therapeutic lying in dementia care? Because lying can ease sadness, frustration, and depression.

When a dementia patient asks about his late spouse, saying something gentle and diversionary, such as “she’s in a safe place,” or even an outright lie, such as “she’s gone to the store,” may ease his anxiety. In many cases, therapeutic lying in dementia care can be kinder to the patient and easier for the caregiver. It diverts attention from the harsh truth while allowing patients to remain peaceful and, one hopes, happy.

Vitae Care: using the latest caregiving strategies

At Vitae Care, we support using the latest trends in memory care and emotional care for dementia patients. Dementia can come in many different forms, including Alzheimer’s vascular dementia, and Parkinson’s, and therapeutic lying may be appropriate for one individual but not another. No matter what the specific dementia issue, we always consider all the available tools, studies, and techniques. If, through study and thought, we may use therapeutic lying to provide the best senior caring services.

We recognize the therapeutic lying can be a useful tool for maintaining quality care, and we encourage you to talk with our caregivers about your thoughts and concerns regarding this practice. In the end, our goal is to provide the best care for elderly patients, and we may use therapeutic lying to reach this goal and provide a happier life.