Caring For a Person with Confusion and Dementia (Part 2)
צוות iSavta | 12.11.2019
CARING FOR THE CONFUSED PERSON:
- Follow the person’s care plan.
- Provide for safety. Use a night-light at night.
- Face the person. Speak slowly and clearly.
- Call the person by name every time you have contact with him/her.
- State your name.
- Give the date and time each morning. Repeat when necessary during the day or evening.
- Explain what you are going to do and why.
- Give clear, simple directions and answers to questions.
- Ask clear and simple questions. Give the person time to respond.
- Keep calendars and clocks with large numbers in the person’s room. Remind the person of holidays, birthdays, and other special events.
- Have the person wear glasses and a hearing aid if needed.
- Place familiar objects and pictures within the person’s view.
- Provide newspapers, magazines, TV and radio. Read to the person if appropriate.
- Discuss current events with the person.
- Maintain the day-night cycle. Curtains, shades, and drapes are open during the day and closed at night. Have the person wear regular clothes during the day- not sleepwear.
- Provide a calm, relaxed and peaceful setting. Prevent loud noises, rushing, and congested hallways and dining rooms.
- Follow the person’s routine. Meals, bathing, exercise, television programs, and other activities have a schedule. This promotes order and anticipation of what to expect.
- Do not move furniture or the person’s belongings.
- Encourage the person to take part in self-care activities.
- Be consistent.
Source: Assisting with Assessment in Caregiving
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