This was a very interesting project for us that we have really enjoyed doing. The project was initiated by “Dignity in Dementia” and to quote the resource
When a person has dementia different parts of their brain can be affected which can lead to unusual behaviours. Over time their ability to reason will diminish, as will their levels of understanding. Therefore when responding to an individual with the disease you need to take this into account. Be aware that in an emergency situation the person is likely to be highly anxious, disorientated and confused. It doesn’t take much to make a situation worse and lead to the individual becoming even more scared, frightened and even aggressive. Thats’ why it’s important to try and understand how the person is feeling at this time. Our approach in this website concentrates on understanding the feelings of the person with dementia during the crisis and suggests ways to ease the situation.
Get it right and you can calm the situation and make the person feel more secure and at ease.
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