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Managing dementia behaviors can be challenging for family caregivers. Learn effective tips for communication, mindfulness, and engaging activities to decrease stress and improve the care experience for your loved one with dementia.

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Dementia Behavioral Management Tips

Dementia Behavioral Management Tips for family caregivers includes:

Communications tips are important to decreasing stress and avoiding challenging behaviors.

When responding to the same question over and over, do not become impatient.
When dealing with the really same inquiry over and over, do not become frustrated or impatient. Less than 30 seconds later on, she would ask the same question once again.
As you know, dementia has severe effect on a person's short-term memory. Some family care partners think the dementia patient is attempting to irritate them.

Respond to the emotion revealed, if your household member's speech is absent or incoherent. If your family member is agitated, be calming, if they are having hallucinations, listen to what they are experiencing. If it is not hurtful of harmful, do not argue with them about what they are experiencing. It is their reality.

In the later phases of dementia, it can be difficult understanding what your relative requires. Remember to try to find nonverbal clues as helps in aiding your evaluation. Look for grimacing if in discomfort, or increasing and pacing up and down, as if needing to have a bowel motion.

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Encourage behaviors that are positive

Discover something to applaud and encourage when  your family member with dementia , even if you are in the middle of experiencing a negative or challenging behavior. Remember that individuals with dementia are emotion-oriented and will pick up you emotions. Practicing mindfulness will help you to focus on the present and help you to respond in a non emotional way.

Handling problem behaviors

Dementia home care planning requires an assessment and plan for ways to handle tough habits, because you will probably experience them. The bulk of household caregivers, taking care of  a family member with dementia, will at some point experience difficult or adverse behaviors. Some might have a difficulty every day.

In my book Dementia Behaviors you will find behavior-specific guidance, concepts, and techniques to help you much better handle negative or tough habits.

Focus on the dementia patient's habits and mood, rather of on the task itself

Sometimes, as a primary caregiver, we get so caught up in trying to complete an activity (after all, they do should eat, get a shower, take their medications, and so on) that we forget we're managing an individual, instead of doing a job. I assure you, increased stress, frustration and disappointment will be exactly what you experience, if you concentrate on simply finishing the activity.

When practicing mindfulness, rather, focus on your family member with dementia, in order to complete the job. Incorporating this dementia home care approach is a must if your family member displays challenging or negative behaviors.

Reply to requests or questions

Don't disregard your family member with dementia when they have questions or make needs known,  even if what they want is unreasonable. It is crucial to build trust, as well as avoid unfavorable behaviors from taking place.

Provide one guideline each time

Among the characteristics of  progressive dementia is the reduction of the individual's capacity to multi task. That is, a job that takes numerous steps to complete, will take step-by-step cues from the primary care partner. When trying to aid someone to dress: "Put on your trousers." (After the trousers are on) "Apply your shirt," and so on, until tasks are finished. The trick is to break down commands into bite-sized sections, the understanding equivalent to consuming a big meal, one bite at a time.

Associated with activities

Tasks are so important to preventing or reducing challenging or unfavorable behaviors. Individuals with dementia require consistency and routine.This does not mean that they cannot do something new and different.

Include a range of things to do, such as having pets visit for animal therapy, explore songs they may have enjoyed in the past, painting, to, whatever tasks the dementia patient can do, without over promoting the activity. Keep in mind, there are a variety of kinds of tasks, from leisure, to social, to activities of daily living. There might be pastimes or interests from the past that could interest your family member with dementia now. If you have completed the individual centered care profile in the early stages of dementia, you may find some suggestions there.

It's OK if the dementia patient is not efficient in identifying just what the "end objective" of an activity is, such as finishing coloring a page or folding all the clothes in the basket. The "busy work" will provide something positive to do. The length of the activity should normally be connected to the person's energy level. Do not put the focus on accomplishing a recognized goal. Activities are the most disregarded, yet most valuable dementia home care technique. This is one method that needs to be included in your strategy of  daily care.

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