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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care: Compassion is Key

When it comes to cognitive diseases and syndrome, two of the most commonly occurring ones are Alzheimer’s and Dementia. People with these diseases will have trouble remembering, in addition to other activities like cleaning, cooking, getting dressed, following basic hygiene, and more. That’s why Alzheimer’s care is so important.

Here’s how you show compassion and treat someone with the conditions:

  1. Respect them:

    Treat every patient with Alzheimer’s or dementia as an adult and let them do as much as they can for themselves. This can help them retain their self-esteem and avoid any depression or frustration.
  2. Create a nurturing environment:

    Try to set a positive tone for any interaction with a patient and don’t let their responses or behavior upset you. They aren’t able to control themselves in most cases, so keep that in mind.
  3. Prioritize positive communication:

    It isn’t straightforward,  communicating with a dementia or Alzheimer’s patient requires positivity. Use simple words and make your intentions clear. Avoid a lot of choices and repeat phrases and words without getting annoyed.
  1. Avoid arguments:

    When a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia is wrong, you still have to respond with compassion. Put the focus on how they’re feeling and offer them reassurance and comfort. Let them know they’re loved and don’t point out any inconsistencies.
  1. Redirect behavior:

    If a person becomes agitated, you need to acknowledge those emotions and suggest activities such as walking or playing games.
  1. Respond with love:

    Eye contact, physical touch and reassurance verbally can diffuse tough situations. Redirect people with other activities and don’t try to convince them they’re wrong. 

Thus, with these tips, you’ll be able to create a safe and happy environment for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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