Managing Difficult Behaviors That Result From Dementia Part 2

Are your loved one’s difficult, dementia-related behaviors making your feel hopeless and lost?

If so, you’ve come to the right place. There are many things about caring for someone with dementia that are challenging, but personality changes and difficult behaviors tend to be the hardest on loved ones and caregivers alike. That’s why, in our previous post, our memory care professionals in Durham went over a few tips to help you deal with your loved one’s difficult behaviors. Keep reading to learn about our last few tips:

#4. Play along with them.

Sometimes, people who have dementia have a difficult time staying in the present moment. However, if you aren’t careful, reorienting them to the present will only increase their agitation and confusion. Rather than reorienting, play along. If they insist on sleeping on the couch because they believe their teen is late coming home, don’t force them to go to bed, instead give them a comfortable pillow and a blanket to make them comfortable on the couch.

#5. Locate the source of the problem.

People with dementia can’t always tell you what they need or when they need it, and they will often use agitation and other difficult behaviors to let you know that they need something. Difficult behaviors could be indicative of many needs, including hunger, thirst, rest, pain relief and so much more.

#6. Get the support you need.

You don’t have to deal with your loved one’s difficult behaviors on your own. Turn to friends and family to get the support that you need, and don’t hesitate to contact us at LiveWell Assisted Living to ask about our memory care programs.