- Describe how the Behaviour of Carers or others might Affect an Individual with Dementia
People with dementia are unique individual with their own individual experiences of life, their own needs and feelings, and their own likes and dislikes.It is thus very important to treat them with respect and dignity . One of the fears people with declining memory loss often think of is that they will be vulnerable to abuse either from their family or careers. Ill-treatment of people with dementia can have a lasting effect on them.
People with dementia can display certain behaviour deemed inappropriate and unacceptable, such as shouting, excessive screaming, insultive and inappropriate touching. Such behaviours should be seen as a result of the person’s conditions and handled in an empathetic and polite manner .
Shouting at a dementia patient just because they are screaming can cause further distress and confusing to them . Not paying attention to them when they make a request can make them feel like a burden to the system and their careers, thus preventing them from willing to use the service the way they should.
A person with dementia may simply forget to go to the toilet, or may forget where the toilet is. They may also have lost the ability to tell when they need the toilet. Careers blaming them for their incontinences can make them feel sad and ashamed of the situation and themselves. Carers should encourage and reassure them instead of blaming them for anything that goes wrong.
People with dementia should be encouraged to be part of their daily care routine if they can. Just by asking the patient to help hold a towel whilst carer pick other items can make them feel useful and helpful and part of their care. Staff doing everything and not attempting to get help from the person can make the person feel like a burden and useless.
Describe how the Behaviour of Carers or others might Affect an Individual with Dementia