The patient says “my spouse will be here in a few minutes” (the spouse passed years ago)
Two examples of how I have seen it handled.
- A caregiver does some therapeutic lying.
- A caregiver says “Tell me about your spouse”
The first response led to a short conversation that seemed to end well. The second response led to a short conversation that seemed to end well.
What do you think about the 2 different ways? Could the therapeutic lying confuse the patient? Does one show more respect than the other? Does that matter?
I have my own views.