I thought it might be an interesting topic to discuss ‘romantic friendships’ in the nursing home. Most men and women crave love and attention, and people with dementia are no different.
People with dementia can often forget who they are actually married to, believe they are married to another resident, can fall in love with a new person each day, and also act on things without hesitation.
All very complicated scenarios but happen each day in our nursing homes. Husbands and wives of people with dementia have to be extremely tolerant and accept ‘new conditions’ when they place their partner in a nursing home environment. I can only imagine the emotional turmoil partners must be feeling in these situations.