Caregiver Corner: Keep calm and carry on!

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  1. These are some great tips! I frequently talk with my caregivers about some of these same ideas! I also talk about slowing down – our society tends to be in such a hurry that we can overstimulate our clients and cause agitation! Even being silly, cracking a joke, or breaking out in song can sometimes work! It’s so important for us to educate our caregivers and give them the support they need.

  2. I am an RN, own my own home care company (http://www.ComfortingHome.com), and I was primary caregiver for my grandmother after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Based on these experiences I can tell you that distraction and redirection are the usually the best techniques when caring for Alzheimer’s and other dementia patients.

    I have witnessed family members, as well as professionals, repeatedly attempt to help their loved ones and patients “remember”. This only serves to increase the patient’s anxiety and creates unnecessary confusion and stress. All caregivers, family and professional, need to accept dementia patients “where” they are in their interpretation of reality. That often means going along with a patient’s reality.

    Alzheimer’s and dementia patients do have personality and mood changes that fluctuate from time to time. But, the general trend is always degenerative. These patients do not go “backwards”; meaning, they do not improve over time. All forms of dementia continue to worsen over time.

  3. sandradehan says:

    Wonderful advice . Thank you for this it explains alot

  4. Chris says:

    Those are great, helpful tips for caregivers and nurses. I really think we owe it to our elderlies to go out of our way and seek better ways of taking care of them.

  1. March 6, 2014

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