Since we were children, we’ve been taught not to lie to people. But sometimes there are exceptions to this rule. One of them is when we are working with a person who has dementia. In some cases, telling “white lies” helps them to preserve their dignity, allay their fears, and make them feel safe. DailyCaring.com has a helpful article on this topic with some examples of situations where fibbing–instead of honesty–is the best policy (click on the link below). We encourage you to share it with your staff, as well as the loved ones of your residents who may be unsure of what to do in these situations.
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