Managing tough behaviors in dementia

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The person with Alzheimer’s disease or other type of dementia exhibits characteristic behaviors that are very problematic
to the caregiver. If not dealt with properly, these behaviors will get in the way of the patient receiving the care they need. Today we will review some of the most prevalent behavior problems and offer suggestions for you, the family and/or the caregiver.

Behavior: Depression/Apathy/Withdrawn

How to Manage:
• Avoid triggers for feelings of worthlessness.
• Ask doctor about treatment for depression.
• Don’t force them to participate in activities.
• Reassure them they will be cared for.
• Seek out a friend for them.
• Don’t agree with their desire to die

Behavior: Rooting, Stealing and Storing

How to Manage:
• Practice prevention. Provide them with a drawer to
fiddle in.
• Keep important paperwork out of reach.
• Learn their favorite hiding places, but don’t tell

Behavior: Wandering

How to Manage:
• Have them wear an ID bracelet.
• Check if they are hungry or need to use bathroom.
• Remove triggers (such as a suitcase, car keys, boxes).
• Avoid crowded areas.
• Exit-proof house at night.

While anticipating these concerning behaviors is not always possible. When a crisis does occur, despite your best effort to protect the patient, you may feel guilt. Regrets are normal and should viewed as learning experiences before you assume unnecessary guilt.

The experts at Bayshore Home Care are eager to help families who are caring for a loved one with dementia and related diseases. We know how helpful it can be just to get a few hours of rest or freedom to get out of the house on your own. Let us partner with you; you are not alone. To learn more, visit our website or call to speak with a home care specialist (1-800-335-2150).


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