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Handling Behavioural Problems with Dementia Patients


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Get the help you need to overcome emotions and frustrations that creep up as you care for your senior with dementia

Tips from the Team at Home Instead

Screaming and stomping of the feet is an act you would expect out of a toddler, not your parent. Seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia may act out as if they are five instead of 75. It’s to be expected. How should you react when your fun-loving mother becomes a terror at bath time? What steps do you take to handle your father when he throws a tantrum? Behavioural problems will likely creep up and worsen as this devastating disease slowing takes the one you love, away from you.

Get the help you need to overcome emotions and frustrations that creep up as you care for your senior with dementia. When you need assistance with respite care, home health care for Alzheimer’s patients, companionship, or personal care, call the team at Home Instead Senior Care in the Waterloo area. We support you and your family during the good and also in challenging times, so your loved one can age in place.

5 Tips for Caregivers when Behavioural Problems Arise

Watching your loved one succumb to dementia is heartbreaking. It can be energy-draining for you too. Sometimes you feel you are at your last straw and need help to reground yourself and your emotions. A personal support worker can help when you need a break or just to diffuse the situation. Additionally, bear in mind these tips to keep your sanity and your relationship intact:

  • Depersonalize the behaviour. When your mom lashes out in anger, it is not directed at you personally. She may be fearful of sudden changes or be angry because she is no longer in control of her emotions.
  • Look for cues in body language. Much of our communication is non-verbal. If Dad is anxious or angry, look for other reasons that he can no longer express. It may be humiliation or even a medical or physical cause, such as poor vision or impaired hearing.
  • Remain calm and refrain from raising your voice. Even if your loved one is screaming or raising their voice, keep your voice at a normal tone, speak slowly, and ask simple questions. Trying to scream back will only intensify the emotional outburst and make everyone upset.
  • Keep a daily log. It helps to identify triggers to outbursts. A daily record can help you find patterns that you can then stop, so your senior can remain calm.
  • Ask for help. Reach out to family members or hire a qualified caregiver to give you a break before you have reached your boiling point. Avoid trying to carry this burden alone.

Defuse Outbursts from Your Senior with Help from Home Instead Caregivers

Keep your calm with your parent by not taking things personally and seeking help from the qualified staff at Home Instead Senior Care Waterloo. Our team is eager to assist you and your loved one with dementia care, Alzheimer care, or any of our additional senior care services. We are here to serve families with several resources to help you through this season of life.

Call us at (519) 571-1665 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality home care for seniors we deliver each day to families in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Breslau, Conestogo, Elmira, St Jacobs, and surrounding areas.

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