Care recipient (cr) with increasing confusion frequently takes pictures and small objects from their usual settings and moves them around the room sometimes fragile items are dropped

Try: #replace the glass in picture frames with plastic sheets or remove glass and leave the frames uncovered look for sheets of clear plastic in office supply stores #cover tables in the cr’s living quarters with tablecloths if doing so will decrease the chance of items breaking when the cr picks them up or sets them down on the tabletops #leave well-loved items within view and leave as many in reach as is reasonable if they belong to the cr and bring him or her pleasure the goal should be to preserve them for his or her pleasure or comfort #if you are concerned about losing original photographs make copies and replace the originals in the frames the cr is used to seeing them in that way if something does happen to spoil a picture you can replace it for the cr or family members #if you find it irritating that the cr moves items around consider relaxing your expectations regarding this behavior the cr may become very involved in fiddling with an object or with moving it from place to place within the home it is probably best to accept the behavior and try limiting it only when it poses a threat to the cr’s happiness for example if the cr tries bringing something whose colors may run into a steamy bathroom or if the cr tries to leave the house with something and risks losing it at those points discouraging the cr may be wise under lesser conditions you may want to simply accept the behavior as a symptom of the cr’s condition

Materials: Plastic picture frames tablecloths non-breakable knick knacks

Categories: Behavior Challenging, Medical Physical, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Independence, Some Supervision, Long-Term Memory, So-So L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, So-So S T Memory

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

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