Monday, May 5, 2014

Take a Trip with Alzheimer's

In a ARTICLE posted on they explore the new techniques that are being honed in patient care for those with Alzheimer's.
Over the past decade researchers and care givers of patients with Alzheimer's have begun to think up new and less frustrating ways of communicating with their patients.
In previous years the approach of dealing with the on again, off again reality shifts that would occur with patients was to try and remind them of what had happened, what is happening, and maybe even what is scheduled to happen next. This approach has been proven to be problematic for both parties. The patient could become more agitated and confused, while the caregiver struggles to find the words to communicate effectively.
This new shift in patient care seems to focus on being present in the moment, whichever moment that the patient seems to be in is the determining factor within the narrative constructed.
For example, lets say Aunt Bee (Alzheimer's patient) is under the impression that she is about to go swimming with her cousins down by the lake, a memory which may have occurred over fifty years prior.  In the old way of caring for the patient she would most likely have been told about the current reality that the caregiver is experiencing, "Your in a nursing home Bee. Your cousin isn't alive and your not going swimming."
Well, hot damn.  If a jolt like that didn't upset a person, I don't know what would. And it can easily been seen how this approach may just leave both parties floundering for a proactive connection.
The new therapy focuses on being in the moment with the patient, having the caregiver conform to their reality.  In the new scenario the caregiver might go on that mental journey with their patient, "Yeah, Bee. That swim sounds amazing but first we have to...," insert task needing to be accomplished here.
This approach melds the two realities together, making it less taxing on both parties involved.
 "She may not be able to go out and dance and go to dinner that night, but if she thinks she is she is going to do what it takes to get her fun," said Carol Rose with Home Instead Senior Care in Pismo Beach.- New Approach to Alzheimer's

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