Difficulty in communication is one of the most frustrating factors in caring for someone with dementia. Although it can be hard to understand why a person with such disease acts the way they do, the explanation is accredited to their disease and the changes it causes to their brain.
Aside from great patience and understanding, our rest home in Worcester, Massachusetts presents to you some tips in dealing with dementia behavior problems:
- Poor Judgment
DON’T: Do not blatantly question or try to argue about their ability to handle the situation. This may result in anger and put them on the defensive.
DO: Assess the extent of the problem. You can often reduce frustration and embarrassment by offering help in small ways of staying organized. This gives them relief and prevents agitation from stressful situations.
- Aggressive Actions or Speech
DON’T: Do not initiate an argument or force the issue that’s creating the aggression. Don’t forcibly restrain them unless there is absolutely no choice.
DO: Try to identify the cause that is making them behave aggressively. Once you made sure that they are not putting themselves in danger, try to shift the focus to something else, speaking in a calm, reassuring manner.
- Confusion About Place or Time
DON’T: Do not give them lengthy explanations or reasons.
DO: Simple, short, and concise explanations along with photos and other tangible reminders can help. Sometimes, it is better to redirect them, especially in cases when you’re in the process of moving your loved one to a facility or other location. Providers of senior care in Massachusetts can help you with this.
If you want to have a personal break or have important matters to go to and you need someone to aid your loved one, we can provide respite care. Get in touch with us for more information about our services.