Dementia care: no drugs allowed

This post is inspired by all the caregivers I have coached who still find it hard to deal with their loved one when they become agitated.

This post is shorter than others, because when I provide tips I want you to be able to focus on the tips; therefore, giving time for you to consider how to adapt to your lifestyle and make it distinct for you and your loved one.

If you continue to have trouble, please feel free to reach out to us, that is what we are here for.

So, your loved is agitated, here on some caregiver tips:

1.  Reduce noise, clutter, or the number of persons in the room = less stimulation

2.  Maintain structure; have routines. Keep household objects and furniture in the same places = security and expectation reduces anxiety

3.  Reduce caffeine, sugar, and other foods that cause energy spikes = a lot of energy that is not properly placed or used = anxiety = agitation

4.  Do not try to restrain the person during a period of agitation. Try gentle touch, music, walks, or aromatherapy = distraction and feeling connected

5. Speak in a reassuring voice = not a threat

6.  Keep dangerous objects out of reach = safety

7.  Allow the person to do as much as possible = independence, shows respect

8.  Acknowledge their feelings = feel connected, independent, and respected

9.  Give a snack or an activity = distraction, may be hungry which is causing the agitation

Bored (just watching TV?) 
Restroom (when is the last time?) 
Exhausted (need rest or short nap or better bed time routine?) 
Anxious (too much what?)
Thirsty (when is the last time?)
Hungry (when is the last time?) 
Environment/Pain (making faces or TV loud?)  
You as the caregiver – you need to BREATHE too! 😊

Thank you for reading!


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