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Combatting perceived loneliness when in fact carer there 24/7

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    My mother in law who has dementia gets extremely upset about being “left on her own” and is “sick of feeling lonely

    My partner is her 24/7 live in caregiver. He is with her pretty much every minute of every day. My MIL has mini meltdowns about being left on her own and feeling so lonely. My issue with this is that she is far from either of those things…. she just doesn’t remember. My partner, her son, can barely have five minutes to go to the toilet and she is looking for him because in her mind, he has left her on her own “all day”. How do we combat this?? It is driving him insane


    Hi, thecaringgirlfriend. I don’t have any solutions for you but I read your post and I just want to say I feel for you and your boyfriend, this is really hard. My Mum says things like “I never see you anymore” and “you’re always in a rush”, when in fact I talk to her multiple times a day and I visit every week (she doesn’t live close). All the best.

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