Many families often ask me how to handle it when Mom or Dad ask the same questions over and over. I will share with you some of these "helpers" and please know, we are here to help! I have over 20 years experience working with seniors with Dementia and I've seen a few things over my years and I realize the struggle and heartache- hoping they may things a little easier for you...
Tips & Ideas For How To Handle Repetitive Questions
1.Live in their now
Because Dementia patients have lost some memory function, just reminding them that the world is different than they think will do no good!
2. Tell a therapeutic "fib"
Instead of trying to get Mom to understand that she shouldn't buy a grill for her bedroom or that she can't drive her car anymore, we just "fib" and say she already ordered the grill or that the car is in the shop. Because you loved one has a disease, it is kinder to lie and not upset him/her. We should think about it as “going along” with what she is feeling rather than trying to explain things she doesn't understand. Second off, lying is good when it will cause your loved one less pain or grief. Explaining that her sisters are dead or that she can't live alone anymore is more hurtful.
3. Distract them
Offer them something to drink or change the subject.
4. Make a whiteboard
Having everything written down on the whiteboard at least cuts off a little of the questions because she can look over and see what is going on.
5. A fancy clock!
Orientation to day, date and time can reduce a lot of anxiety. These are super cool and might work a treat… a fancy clock that shows the day, date and time! Whoo whoo!
Hope these help!
It was a wonderful day here in the Willows! Our morning was enjoying church services and singing hymns together. The afternoon was fun filled by singing songs that all had the word "sunshine" in the title! With the snow outside- it was welcomed to sing about the warm sunshine! Next we had a wonderful reminisce group about being a teenager! Boy, did we get some funny stories about midnight dance parties and borrowing the family car! Next it was a dance party! Let me tell you- I was worn out after a few dance sessions! Some of our residents can still twist like they did 20 summers ago! It was a wonderful day, what an honor to work with such spunky and fun seniors!
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