When you experience dementia behaviors from a loved one, it can be quite difficult to handle. Understanding common behaviors of dementia means realizing that communication changes and it can be very frustrating. Dementia behaviors can be difficult to manage but the good news is that there is something you can do about it.
Managing Behaviors of Dementia Patients
Take each one of these ways of managing behaviors of dementia patients and give them a try. Start slowly, and if it doesn’t work the first time, don’t discount it. Simply try again until you’re sure it’s not going to work.
When you’re frustrated, it can be difficult to remain positive, but it’s the best way to react to poor dementia behaviors. Make sure your body language matches the positive tone of your voice because even though your loved one is older, he/she can pick up on signals that don’t match up.
Don’t try to speak to your loved one while he/she is watching TV or listening to the radio. Either ask to turn it off or wait until it is off to communicate. This way he/she is not inundated with too many things grasping for their attention – including speaking with you.
Do not try to tell your loved one a long, drawn out story. Attention spans are limited with people people suffering from dementia. Tell your loved one what you want him/her to know in as few words and sentences as possible without being vague.
When dealing with dementia behaviors Ask Simple Questions
Similar to the speaking simply, ask short, simple questions. For example,
● Do you want a turkey sandwich for lunch?
● How are you feeling?
● What time is your doctor’s appointment?
Avoid asking questions that are very open ended, such as:
● What happened when Mary came by today and what did she say?
Open ended questions tend to demand more from the person and can cause confusion, all leading to more undesirable dementia behaviors.
As you learn how to manage dementia be conscious of the patient having a difficult time processing information, especially when trying to say something. Be patient and wait for the person to start and finish speaking. Interruptions and hurrying your loved one will only frustrate him/her and you and could cause more unwanted dementia related behaviors.
Break Down Activities
Don’t assume a loved one still knows how to do things he/she did a year ago. When instructing how to do something, break it up into small, understandable chunks. For example, if you’re showing your loved one how to make a microwavable meal.
● Take the meal out of the freezer.
● Remove it from the box.
● Take the plastic off the top.
● Place it in the microwave.
● Tap the amount of time it needs to cook.
● Press Start.
It may seem like you’re being condescending, but it really is best when dealing with dementia behaviors. Just be sure your tone is polite and helpful.
How to manage dementia: Stop, Direct and Distract
Common behaviors of dementia could include being argumentative as a result of frustration. If an argument happens, stop, direct and distract. Sometimes, you just need to change the the subject, and that can sometimes mean bringing in a distraction like a television show or turning the radio on to your loved one’s favorite station.
Adjusting to a New Normal
It can be easier dealing with your loved one’s dementia behaviors by accepting this as the new normal. Change is inevitable as people age, and remembering this can help you get by the hardest parts of this stage of your his/her life.
Remember to care for yourself first. Take breaks as you need to, and reach out for help if you need it. This will help you use the above effectively, so you can keep a good relationship with your loved one.
How to manage dementia with ElderCare Connections’ care and placement services
ElderCare consultants are experts when in comes to helping you make the best decisions for your loved ones. Sometimes finding the best placement for a loved one who demonstrates dementia behaviors is required. ElderCare Connections offer FREE placement services and has great partnerships with surrounding care facilities to be able to help you determine the BEST care and placement for your loved one. Reach out to ElderCare Connections at 513-685-8998 or complete our Contact Us form.
Your loved one is getting older, and he’s not the same as he was last year. You’re concerned for his safety and well being. As much as you want to take on the care responsibilities he needs now in life, it’s just not feasible. You know that assisted living care is what he needs, but how do you get other family members including your older loved ones to agree?
Let Them Know About Assisted Living Care
Most people do not know what assisted living care truly means. They may have thoughts about it, but those thoughts are not accurate. If they truly understood it they may be more open to the idea.
Explain to your family members that assisted living is a service, which provides individualized assistance to people. This means that people only receive the help they need.
When an assessment determines the need, then the “care service” will start. As the person grows older and needs additional support, the service will expand to include it.
Assisted living care is the most basic form of assistance for older individuals. People still live independently, but they have someone who is available to tend to their needs so they can continue to live safely. And as needed will have access to good health care.
Tackling the Money Issue
Besides not knowing what it is, most people disregard the service because of the expense. It does cost money to have someone care for an older individual, but this money is used in a way that saves others a lot of time, energy, and well-being.
Care giving is a challenging work. And it’s work that doesn’t pay when you’re doing it for a loved one. The work can be physically, mentally, and emotionally exhaustive. And with time, this can be highly detrimental to a person’s physical and emotion well being, which could end up costing more money than the cost of assisted living care. The stress of caring for an older loved one can lead to illnesses that need to be treated by a doctor, so then you are incurring extra medical bills. If the illnesses are bad enough, the caretaker must take time off work. Sometimes, caretakers try to cope with the stress of caring for someone by eating more, drinking more alcohol, or smoking more cigarettes, which then increases spending while negatively effecting a person’s health.
The money spent on assisted living is well worth it in the short term and long term. Family members who do not understand often do not know the perils of care giving and should take time to help to understand or read our blog to know what it truly takes to care for someone.
Explaining all of this to your family members as well as older loved ones can help put the expense in perspective.
Reach Out for Additional Help for Assisted Living Care
Eldercare Connections can help you with the process of getting your family comfortable with the idea of assisted living and the care you need. We can provide additional information that will make sense to your family, and possibly open their eyes and minds to the great need for these services. Please reach out to us now by calling 513-685-8998 or contact us.
When looking for additional care for your older loved one, you may find it difficult to understand the differences between assisted living homes and managed care. We hope to help you with the following information.
About Assisted Living Homes
Assisted living usually involves a community. Each person who lives in the community lives independently in their own home, but they have assistance nearby if needed.
When someone joins an assisted living homes community, they are part of a program. This program will assess the resident’s needs and come up with a plan based on those needs.
For instance, if someone simply needs meals and medication monitoring, the staff will deliver meals and check on whether medication has been taken correctly. If the person needs more assistance, it can be given up to the level the community provides.
The goal assisted living homes and communities is to help seniors remain independent for as long as possible.
About Managed Care
Managed care helps people remain in their own homes with services. This may be home care or adult day care services.
People who are in need of help living in their home, but do not need 24 hour assistance, are best suited for this type of program. The person’s needs are assessed just like in assisted living, but they do not have to move to a community. They simply have people come to their own home to help them.
Managed care may include nurse visits to check vitals and medications. A senior care specialist may also visit to pick up and clean the home, as well as help the older individuals with bath and hygiene tasks. Also meals may be delivered, and transportation may be scheduled for medical appointments.
The Main Differences Between Assisted Living Homes and Managed Care
The main differences between assisted living and managed care are:
● Assisted living homes provide assistance 24 hours a day – managed care only provides drop-in home services.
● Older individuals have to move out of their home for assisted living, but can stay in their home for managed care.
As you can see, these two options are similar, but differ in big ways. It really has to do with the level of independence someone is able to have while still remaining safe and healthy. Knowing what that level is can be difficult. Getting recommendations from a professional is often the best thing when trying to make this important decision.
ElderCare Connections Helps You Make Informed Decisions
Deciding on senior housing, whether assisted living homes or managed care is right for your older loved one depends on his/her needs and can be difficult to understand which is best. ElderCare Connections provides specialists ready to help you understand which type of assistance will provide your loved one with the care needed to live this stage of life with as much freedom as possible while remaining safe and healthy.
Our placement and referral services are free. So give us a call today at 513-685-8998 or complete the contact us form.