Care recipient (cr) with dementia talks as if returning to work is likely and repeatedly tells stories related to working years

Try: #if the cr talks repeatedly about wanting to go back to work do not try to explain over and over that work is no longer possible acknowledge the cr’s feelings with phrases such as i can tell you really cared about the job you did you took pride in the work you did working was important to you #offer ways for the cr to do something that feels productive even if the cr is no longer able to focus on complicated tasks simple tasks such as filling a bird feeder folding washcloths or napkins sorting silverware drying or peeling newly-washed fruit rolling yarn from skein into balls etc may be safe appropriate and helpful #open the door for the cr to talk about how it feels to be where he or she is now in life the cr may feel confused and alone and be afraid to say so listen without judgment and let the cr know you are here for him or her as the cr goes through changes #give the cr something to take care of that will not suffer if the cr is unable to keep up with care on a daily basis for example a plant or a fish make sure there is someone in the house to supervise the care of any living thing if the cr is unable to be reliable #if the cr tells the same stories over and over instead of getting frustrated write them down that way each time the cr tells the story again you can view it as an opportunity to fill in more detail

Materials: Kind and empathetic caregiver washcloths napkins silverware fruit peeler skeins of yarn bird feeder and bird seed plants or fish notebook and pen

Categories: Cognitive Intellectual, Social, Mobility, Mobile, Independence, Some Supervision, Cognitive Awareness, Somewhat Aware, 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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