A Care recipient (cr) may become disoriented in a new environment such as a hospital room

Try: #install a clock a large-print calendar and a message board in the cr’s new space or room within view of the cr #on the message board write the cr’s name location new home address or hospital and room number and the date monday october 15 2009 for example change the date daily #review with the cr the

Materials: Clock calendar dry-erase board something familiar from home afghan picture robe family members or caregivers

Categories: Cognitive Intellectual, Social, Mobility, Needs Much Assistance, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Cognitive Awareness, Somewhat Aware, Long-Term Memory, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, So-So S T Memory, Poor S T Memory

Information: On the dry erase board clock and calendar every day in a calm clear tone of voice #mark off each day that passes on the calendar with an x #if the cr is in a hospital bring something familiar from home a picture of a family member an afghan or a comfortable robe #expect the cr to need more memory cues than usual as a move or a stay in the hospital often disrupts the routines that support failing memory #daily visits from close friends family members or caregivers are vital in helping a cr retain a sense of self-identity #equally importantly when a cr is hospitalized regular visitors can be advocates for the cr speaking to the staff when needs are not addressed in a timely or appropriate way information

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

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