Care recipient (cr) is constantly asking or doing the same thing

Try: Try looking for patterns keep a log to determine if the behavior occurs at a certain time of day or night or whether particular people or events seem to trigger it try to keep track so you can tell whether cr might be hungry cold tired in pain or in need of a trip to the bathroom try to determine whether cr may be in pain or suffering from the side effects of medication try to speak slowly and gently and wait for cr to respond try to avoid pointing out thatcr just asked the same question try to steer cr with a favorite activity cr may just be bored and need something to do try to build some calming activities into the day such as taking walks together the exercise and fresh air will be good for both of you try using signs notes and calendars to help decrease anxiety and uncertainty cr may not need to ask about dinner if a note on the table says dinner is at 6 30 p m try talking with friends or joining a face-to-face or online support group to vent your frustrations and learn other ways of coping with cr’s repetitive behaviors

Materials: Pen and paper

Categories: Sage, Topic, Behavior Challenging, Emotional Psychological, Medical Physical, Verbal Communication, So-So Verbal Comm, Poor Verbal Comm, Cognitive Awareness, Somewhat Aware, Unaware, Long-Term Memory, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, So-So S T Memory, Poor S T Memory

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References: repetitive behavior and alzheimer’s by beth witrogen 2012 available at www consumer healthday com

Keywords: Repeats repetitive behavior obsessed fixations fixated

*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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