Caregivers need to be aware of what types of behavior they may encounter when working with clients who habve been diagnosed with dementia.Should be always strive to make the client as physically and emotionally comfortable as possible.
Working with Clients with Dementia
In this module you studied the following:
When communicating with person with dementia, you will want to:
Introduce yourself by name/association.
Validate responses and feelings verbally.
Use short simple sentences.
Ask primarily yes/no questions.
Allow time for response.
Use word cues- try to guess what the person wants.
In the early and for part of the middle stages of dementia, verbal techniques may be used to calm and reassure the person with dementia. They allow you to redirect and the person to achieve a more positive interaction.
When communicating with a client - the goal is to avoid ANY situations likely to create anxiety or conflict. Both will cause the person with dementia stress.
Caregivers should be proactive in addressing the needs of a person with dementia by anticipating those needs ahead of time, especially since clients often require a great deal of care and may not be able to verbalize their needs.
The activities that make up a client's daily experience should reflect as much as possible that person's preferred individual lifestyle while enabling a sense of usefulness and success at as normal level of functioning as possible.
Activities help maintain the independence and physical well being of patients and enhances the quality of their lives, by providing them with mental stimulation and opportunities to engage in socialization.
The guidelines for choosing activities include selecting activities that are interesting, by considering the person, the activity and the environment.
It is important to remember that one person cannot administer care to a person with dementia – it takes a team.
Caregivers need to be aware of what types of behaviors they may encounter when working with clients who have been diagnosed with dementia.
Never intervene when a person with dementia is exhibiting “problem” behavior unless The behavior significantly violates the rights of other or poses a significant threat to someone’s health or safety.
Critical to minimizing the occurrence of “problem” behavior is focusing on comfort. Dementia care is comfort care. Caregivers should always strive to make the client as physically and emotionally comfortable as possible.
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