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What are some strategies and suggesions for a CNA working with elderly patients with Alzheimer's/dementia?

I am a CNA and a nursing student new to working in a long-term care facility. I was hoping for some suggesions or techniques on how to keep a dementia/Alzheimer's patient more comfortable and less afraid during this trying and frightening time in their lives. Thank you in advance!

Asked By: Frogess - 6/16/2007
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I was an activity director in a long term care facility, have been a volunteer support group leader and public educator for the Alzheimer's Association, and have been a CNA. Here are some things that I found work... More
Answered By: queenof_tartz - 6/16/2007
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First of all you have to be very calm around them. Always introduce yourself to them every day and always say their name (never sweetie or honey). Be patient with them. Take them on walks in the facility, ask them about their families.
Answered By: Amanda K - 6/16/2007
 
I agree. You must be calm and patient with these people. If they begin to get confused, take them to a quiet area, preferrably where there are things familiar to them to help calm them. When speaking to them, make sure you come at them from the front. They startle more easily I've noticed. It is a very difficult... More
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Answered By: LC - 6/16/2007
 
Hi! I am a Physical Therapist Assistant with experience working with Traumatic Brain Injury and LTC experience with Alzheimers and Dementia patients. Strategies that have helped me to keep a patient calm/cooperative/and comfortable all relate to environment. A low stimulus environment proves best. Approaching the... More
Answered By: ash - 6/16/2007
 
I taught an Alzheimer's Disease course to Nurses and CNA's if you email me I can send you the information. It was a wonderful course and very informative.
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Answered By: KYRA - 6/16/2007
 
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