Care recipient (cr) has trouble focusing and paying attention for long periods of time

Try: Try to get cr to focus on one task at a time be sure you have cr’s attention before beginning a discussion or task try to reduce clutter at home and in cr’s work environment try to perform tasks in a quiet environment try to remove distractions and noises that you don’t need as best as possible use timers watches pdas or other devices and checklists in a calendar memory notebook to help cr complete tasks try to refocus attention to the task at hand try to expect cr to have a short attention span schedule rest breaks and or stop an activity when you notice cr’s attention drifting when signs of distraction arise give cr a rest break for example you could say let’s do this for another 5 minutes and then take a 15 minute break try to present verbal or visual

Materials: Timers watches pdas or other devices calendar or notebook

Categories: Sage, Topic, Medical Physical, 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

Information: In limited amounts

References: traumatic brain injury a guide for caregivers of service members and veterans – module 2 by the office of the u s surgeon general no date available at www traumaticbraininjuryatoz org

Keywords: Attention span tasks focus focussing

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

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