The connection between a patient and their caregiver is essential. Patients that have Alzheimer’s are no exception; in fact, it’s even more imperative to their health. However, the issue with these patients is that, when the disease progresses, it becomes more difficult to communicate. Many caregivers find themselves in a situation where they no longer know what to say and when to say it. This is why many care providers become frustrated and confused about what to do with their dementia patients.
When dealing with patients that have Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia, it is important to know what challenges come with the job. Their caregiver must be able to overcome the obstacles and connect with them appropriately. In order to assist current and future caregivers who have dementia patients, we have listed a few tips which should allow you to be better at your jobs.
Keep Calm and Remain Positive
Patients with Alzheimer’s can pick up on your feelings and understand what you want despite their condition. If you keep calm and stay relaxed with a cheerful appearance, you can overcome the communication gap.
Do Not Rush With Questions and Answers
Ask one question at a time. A simple one. This way, your senior will understand everything easier.
Be Ready for An Adverse Reaction From Your Elderly
They can become agitated if they feel uncomfortable. In these situations, you should try to distract and redirect them so that they can regain their composure. Talk to them calmly, and be ready to step back and accept responsibility even if anything isn’t your fault.
Be Ready to Travel Back in the Past
Not literally of course. People who have dementia are sometimes able to better recall events from the distant past rather than those that happened recently. The best way to connect with your dementia patient is to visit memory lane with them and be there while they talk about their happy memories.
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