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Understanding Common Behaviours in Dementia Patients

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Tips from the Home InsteadMississauga Team

Loved ones who are suffering from dementia display many different behaviours that often mystify their caregivers. Think for a minute about how your mother wanders around the house or how she continually repeats herself. These actions can be a bit frustrating especially if you have had a long day at work, you want to sit down and relax, and Mom cannot seem to rest. Consider how your normally placid father has sudden verbal outbursts. It is easy for you to feel hurt if the tirade is aimed at you; but it is not.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are diseases that affect a patient’s brain, making it more and more challenging to remember things, think clearly, and communicate with others. Caring for Alzheimer's and Dementia patients is tough and stressful. When you need a break, call on the highly-trained team of PSWs and caregivers at Home Instead Senior Care Mississauga. We offer many services including respite care, personal care, and attendant care, to make your life much easier.

4 Common Behaviours of Dementia Patients

As your mother’s disease progresses, you will find new behaviours crop up. Here is a summary of four common ones that you may experience with your loved one:

  1. Wandering. Dad may take to roaming around the house. He may be bored, looking for someone, needing a drink, or to go to the bathroom. The reasons are many. It may be hard to pinpoint the exact cause. You may want to take measures to deter Dad from trying to leave the house without you or a caregiver.
  2. Incontinence. As the brain’s ability to remember things diminishes, your Mom may start having ‘accidents.’ She may have forgotten where the bathroom was, or she cannot get there in time. It is essential to be understanding and give her reassurance during this extremely embarrassing time.
  3. Agitation. We are not talking just about irritability. In dementia, agitation can also refer to sleeplessness and verbal or physical aggression. It is triggered by many things including the immediate environment, fear, and fatigue. Distraction can be a great help during these periods.
  4. Repetitive Speech or Actions. You may notice that your senior often repeats the same word, question, or activity over and over. You may get very annoyed, which is understandable. However, it is important to realize that many times, the repetition is an indication of anxiety, boredom, or fear. Environmental factors can also trigger it.

Secure the Help You Need from Home Instead Senior Care

Watching your mom or dad succumb to dementia is heartbreaking. You don’t have to face this season alone. Seek out help from a caring personal support worker from Home Instead Senior Care in Mississauga. We serve families across the Mississauga area with personalized senior care services and additional resources to ensure you can give your loved one what they need. You can still be the doting daughter, son, or grandchild. Let us help make things a little easier on you through this challenging time of life.

Call us at (905) 276-2273 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 our Mississauga area.


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