Just starting your career as a caregiver? Here are some points to take note when taking care of dementia patients.
1. Do not judge your patients by their misbehaviour
Do not judge the patient’s behaviour because them acting mean or bad-tempered are just symptoms of the disease.
The symptom might be related to the experience that the person has, so getting to know the cause of the misbehaviour might unravel a lot of info which can be used to care for the patient.
Some of these behaviors can also be reported to the doctor so that they potentially adjust their medication.
The more you know your patient, the better care you can give your patient.
2. Ensure their comfort
Always monitor them to ensure their comfort. Check for pain, hunger, thirst, constipation, full bladder, fatigue, infections, and skin irritation.
They may say they are not hungry but their mind cannot recall if they ate or not so they have to rely on a more stable timetable just to make sure nothing is lacking in their dietary needs,
Constant reminder is also needed and although it might be tiring, coming up with creative ways to orientate the elderly can help. Like setting up a big clock on the wall, or writing a timetable on a whiteboard and referring to it whenever the patient is asking again and again when is the next appointment.
3. Do not argue, but rather divert and distract
Respond to impossible questions by a diversion and a distraction. For example, If what your patient wants is something whimsical like visiting a deceased old friend, do not point out that the friend is dead.
Rather ask questions like, “Who is this friend?”
“What did you do with him back then?”
“Yeah, I would like to meet him too.”
Then divert the conversation to something else and be flexible with it. It may of the same theme, so maybe ask about other friends he might like to visit.
Let them feel what they remember but don’t shut it down because you think they are being ridiculous. The things they say hold meanings but you need to find the diamond in the rough by listening and paying attention rather than dismissing it.
4. Set up a calm surrounding
No noisy distractions, no bright glare.
Stimulating activities are good but make sure your patients can take rest right after.
Most people say when you get older, you become like a child once more. That is true in some cases.
So just like a child who wants to sleep with a teddy bear, the patient might need to hold on to something that is familiar to block out all the things that they can no longer recognise and that is fine.
Caring for someone with dementia is challenging, but it can be learnt. Professional Home Care companies such as Active Global Caregivers have a full team of trainers who can help you to learn how to best take care of dementia patients, and support you throughout your career as a caregiver.
If you want to be a caregiver who is ready to be responsible and improve the lives of people with these conditions, take these steps IMMEDIATELY.
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