Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – Responding to Difficult Behaviors
As you are faced with the challenges of caregiving, you will quickly notice the emotional impact these obstacles have on you. Alzheimer’s patients often exhibit paranoia, irritability, anxiety, false ideas, and irritations.
You can train your reactions to combat these behaviors with ease by following the 5 R’s of Dementia.
- Remain calm – Take a deep breath before you react to certain behaviors and try not to reason with the patient. Do not argue with them.
- Respond to feelings – acknowledge your loved ones feelings. Address them before reacting to the situation.
- Reassure – above and beyond acknowledging their feelings, it is important to reassure them that they are in good hands, are safe, and loved.
- Remove – if a problem arises or your loved one is acting out and you don’t know what to do, remove yourself for a moment (provided your loved one is safe) and gather your thought’s. How can you approach this obstacle in a way to keep the patients dignity and your own dignity as well?
- Return – once you have given yourself and your loved one time to calm down from a situation, return with a calm, loving manor and return to your normal routines.
When caring for someone you adore and have loved so much, it is impossible to disassociate yourself from the emotional connection you have with them. Remember that these behaviors are not on purpose or out of spite, but just part of the disease process.
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