Well, the first thing I tell clients in this situation is to remember why he’s there in the first place – he may have memory problems.
Then, I advise them to speak with the director of his unit, and find out why this keeps happening. Then you have to determine whether the item is worth replacing. Obviously, glasses and dentures need to be replaced. But other items may not need to be.
Wallets, for example, may be more of a comfort/reassurance item to him than anything else. And, if that’s the case, you don’t have to replace each one with a fancy wallet; an inexpensive one may do. In fact, it may pay to keep a few on hand.
Replacing lost or broken items can be expensive. But there are still ways you can save. For example, you can compromise on the frame of his glasses. Or, if he just uses them for reading, perhaps an inexpensive pair of reading glasses – available at any drug store – would suffice.
Even with dentures – which are obviously a necessity – it may be possible to save some money. If they’re broken, consider fixing them rather than replacing them. And if they’re lost, chances are, they’ll be lost again. It’s conceivable that they just don’t fit right…and your loved one may be removing them. If that’s the case, a dentist may suggest alternative measures…including re-fitting the dentures to; make them more comfortable.
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My Dad’s In a Nursing Home…And Constantly Losing His Glasses, Wallet, And Dentures. What Can We Do?