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How to Get a Dementia suffer to take their Pills

Get a Dementia suffer to take their Pills

Getting men and women who are living with dementia as well as Alzheimer’s is no easy task

The facyt of the matter is that is is hard to do.   This is a uncommon problem  with Dementia caregivers.    So the question is, ” How to get Dementia suffer to take their Pills”  This is one of the hardest challenges that Dementia family caregivers, and  Health care professionals  can face the memory loss.  Like many, I faced this problem with my mother, Dotty, who lived with Alzheimer’s disease.

Let’s start by examining the Issue.

Just try explaining to  an Alzheimer’s sufferer disease why they should take their medication?   most of the time you will have to give a long explanation about the importance of taking their pills.  Trying to reason with a person with Dementia or Alzheimer’s can be useless depending on the stage of the disease.

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pill boxAlzheimer’s Communication Tip -Keep it brief

After attempting logical discussion, you may find your testing you patience as well as becoming very irritable?People feel that they are at “wits end”?   Explanations ware a source of frustration, keep the conversation as brief as possible.

Why do Dementia sufferers become resistant to caregivers?

One of the biggest mistake that a care giver makes is supplying way to much information  This will just overwhelming, as well as cause confusion.  Information overload is a very bad thing if the individual is very forgetful.  This will only confuse men and women living with Alzheimer’s. Once the are confused, you have lost the battle.  How do you operate when they are  confused?

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 Put your self in their Place.

How do you act when talked to in a very harsh or condescending tone of voice? Are you more, or less, likely to do what they want? How do you react when someone tries to force you to do something you don’t want to do?  Try to go outside  yourself and try to think about what the person can be feeling and thinking.  Try to look at the faces to see how they are feeling.   Keep in mind that their mind no longer works like yours. An Individual suffering with dementia will not process information in their brain;s the way we do.  They can get confused when overwhelmed with even basic  information.

Dementia suffer to take their pillsWhen you want to get someone living with Alzheimer’s to do something the less you say the better the outcome.

Alzheimer’s Care and Communication.  When it’s pill time  the goal is to get the pills taken without saying a word.  This is very,very important.  Just hand the pills, 1 at a time.  Make certain that they are in , sitting position..  Without saying a word, had the glass of water. Hold out the 1st prescription in front of them, in plain site,  so it is easy for them to see. Give them a moment to assimilate the new information. Don’t rush them.  If there is an ongoing problem , it is not unusual that they will start saying “mean” things.  Just ignore those words. Don’t say anything. Just keep holding the meds out for them to see. 2nd pill. 3rd pill,  Same approach and outcome.