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Dementia FAQs - Dementia FAQs

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Dementia FAQs

Managing Difficult Behaviors

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MANAGING DIFFICULT BEHAVIORS

Many of the dementia patient's problem behaviors such as wandering, repetitive questioning, hitting or yelling outbursts can be diminished or eliminated by providing stimulating, meaningful activities. Use of external cues and procedural memory are central to the Montessori technique.  Ideas include placement of signage in the room, either written or pictures, denoting location of their room, bathroom, call light, water, dining room and whatever else in important to their ADL's.  Engage the patient in activities that match their skill level and interests, break activities down into increments that they are able to comprehend.  All interventions that work should be taught to caregivers after individuals with dementia are discharged from skilled therapeutic intervention.

The most important thing is to identify the trigger for the agression.  Include the following in your search for the trigger:

Has the patient:

- changed roommates or tablemates

- increased in staging level

- demonstrated increased confusion related to the environment (even though you think it should be familiar because the patient has lived in the same environment a long time) 

- demonstrated decreased ability to verbally communicate basic and medical needs causing frustration  

- is the patient's vision changing causing anxiety and frustration

- is the patient's hearing changing causing difficulty in the ability to auditorily access the environment

- did someone startle the patient by walking up from behind

- is the patient becoming frustrated by increasing mobility issues

- is the patient hungry

- is the patient feeling pain

- does the patient need briefs changed

- is there discomfort for some other reason

- is the patient in distress

If you or the caregivers can identify the trigger(s) for the agression, remove the trigger from the patient's environment.

Agressive behavior is a serious problem for caregivers, families and patients themselves. 

- always approach from the front, smile and talk in a calm tone of voice  

- validate their feelings and then try to redirect 

Agressive behavior may well be an adaptive form of communication. Undesirable, yes, but may be their means of communicating distress or discomfort for one of the reasons listed above. Don't give up!  Keep searching and ask the staff to keep searching for consistencies in agressive behavior to find the cause. 

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