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Dementia Care

Dementia care is a very complex service to find. Many initially focus on the physical needs for a private room, meals,  However, they also need to consider the emotional and behavioral care needs.  Indeed, it is the emotional and behavioral health care needs that make the Individual with Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease feel fufilled.

What are Behavioral and Emotional Care Skills?

These are skills an individual care giver develops over a long time and include interpersonal skills combined with patience, an understanding of the many overlapping process that affect a person with Dementia, and broad-based training for the many overlapping mental health issues that accompany the primary Dementia. When a Dementia patient lacks insight and judgement it is difficult to reason with them.  Therefore,  education and reasoning have a reduced effect. Indeed, often the memory loss is accompanied by mild forms of paranoia and delusions which can be worsened with attempts to reason with a person who has Alzheimer’s Disease. Therefore, a trained caregiver needs to recognize the many forms of the illnesses and various behavioral issue that result.

Redirection is a common Behavioral Therapy used in Dementia Therapy

When a person with Memory loss and Behavioral disorders is confronted with facts and gets even more agitated.  That is a time when the caregiver needs to step back and try to calm them. They need to let the patient be right and try to diffuse the situation by re directing them to another topic that is not triggering this exaggerated behavior.  This is not easy and is an art.  It takes decades of training, and a lot of patience to pull off.  When the caregiver is executing this therapy, they do so with a calm voice in a slow comforting cadence.  If you can find caregivers with those skills the Dementia patient will use less medication and be more independent in that structured setting where the caregivers are the therapy.

Dementia trained caregivers are the therapy

While doctors often reach for more pills and anti-psychotic medications they often do so because the various care settings lack caregivers with advanced Dementia Training. Behavioral therapy is easy to say but practically very difficult to do.  While many families look for private rooms, nice lobby, they often times don’t take time to meet those caregivers who are the therapy.   We suggest families make time to meet the individual caregivers who they are indirectly hiring when they move into any Memory care setting. Management with medical & professional Dementia treatment experience helps raise the standards for the staff they hire and the care that is provided. Many are surprised that administrators of Memory Care Units are not required to have any professional medical Dementia Treatment experience. They many have more administrative training which leaves a void in any added intra facility training they can provide their staff.  Management having Alzheimer’s treatment and behavioral management training is a value-added area family members need to look for before making this difficult and expensive care choice.

Summary - Get Dementia Care help now

When a loved one needs more Dementia Care than he family can provide at home including awake care at night  you want to look for the best trained and experienced caregivers and management in any Alzheimer’s Dementia Facility.  Choosing the right care setting is difficult.  Make time to meet the individuals who you are hiring when you choose any Alzheimer’s Dementia Care or Memory Care Facility.  Author Shawn McGivney MD, RFA  

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