People with dementia often use behaviours such as wandering, pacing, cursing and calling out to tell us what they want or how they feel.
This behaviour may be in response to:
Sometimes a simple solution makes a difference: pain medicine, an afternoon nap, sleeping in, a snack, daytime sunlight, or doing something they enjoy. Sometimes a solution can be harder to find.
There are ways to approach people with dementia, to help them feel respected, safe, and understood. These can prevent responsive behaviours. Some examples are to:
Current as of: April 1, 2019
Author: Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services
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