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What should I do with the patient who underwent hip surgery with moderate dementia? Should i teach the patient how to use a reacher or constantly give the patient verbal cueings?

Asked by MaryMason, Last updated: Nov 19, 2019

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W. Ira

W. Ira

Answered on Nov 19, 2019

In most cases, addressing this situation will most like not to work with just mere verbal cueing on the short run, but on the long run, it could, due to the fact that damages that have occurred in the patient’s brain would result into the inability of such patient to process conversations properly. Despite these ill, there are several ways rather than verbal cues alone, such as using the body language mechanism combined with facial expressions to relay information, this combined with verbal cues will speed up response rate.

Although the patient may tend to grab this logic of communication quite slowly, nonetheless, it is effective. Teaching the patient how to use a reacher isn’t a bad idea, but it is necessary to take precautions while making use of this mechanism since the patient just underwent surgery.

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M. Delilah

M. Delilah

Answered on Oct 14, 2019

Communicating with someone with Alzheimer's or dementia can be made easier with some new techniques. The damage in the older adult's brain has changed the way the person hears, processes, and responds to the conversation. Often, nonverbal messages we convey with our body language, and facial expressions come through more clearly than the words we speak.

If we use body language and facial expressions that help seniors clearly and easily understand us, it lessens misunderstanding, agitation, and anger, and it also enhances cooperation. These non-verbal dementia communication techniques make caregiving more comfortable and improve the person's quality of life.

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