There are many forms of dementia, but at different times they can all result in anger, frustration, depression, anxiety and mood swings that influences behaviour. Our carers are skilled at alleviating these feelings by a variety of methods, such as breaking down complex tasks into smaller manageable steps with gentle guidance – careful not to overwhelm with instructions.
Reassurance without cloying or crowding is key to reducing anxiety. Getting to know our clients, their likes and dislikes is important when something causes a person with dementia to be upset. Sometimes there are patterns, such as time of day etc which enables carers to predict when mood problems may arise and how to avoid them and what soothes the person. Distracting, refocusing, re-directing conversation away from something that is causing upset. Structuring sentences to demonstrate that you are respecting their feelings and not brushing over them is also key.