In-home Caregivers Del Mar Dementia Shadowing

In-home Caregivers near Del Mar Discuss Shadowing and Other Dementia Activities

Some Dementia Advice from In-home Caregivers near Del Mar

Dementia causes seniors to adopt many behaviors that are quirky and unusual at best, but dangerous at worst. Family members easily get frustrated and weary facing these behaviors if they approach them from the wrong angle—that is, trying to reason with the senior and convince them that their actions are not rational. Here is a little advice from in-home caregivers near Del Mar on how to fit these unusual new habits into a “normal” daily routine.

Reason Takes a Back Seat

Perhaps the most important single tip is to remember that a person with dementia sees a different reality from the one you see. As their mind distorts the world into a new shape, many of the things you say to them make less and less sense. If an elderly woman with dementia believes her deceased husband is in the other room, arguing the fact will probably be an exercise in futility. “Agreeing to disagree,” however, puts the issue on the back burner while the two of you discuss another, less stressful topic.

Distracting a Senior from Odd Behaviors

Many family members and in-home caregivers in San Diego County are familiar with a common symptom of dementia: “shadowing,” or following the caregiver relentlessly around the house. People who have studied the behavior conclude that it is a response to fear and insecurity; the brain wants to know that its primary source of safety is close at hand. They also report that distracting a senior from whatever is on their mind with a favorite, repetitive activity often quiets them and ends the shadowing behavior for a time.

In-home Caregivers in San Diego County Must Understand Dementia

No one truly “understands” dementia, as far as knowing why and how it happens. But when we sympathize and adjust our conversation and activities to fit in better with a senior’s new reality, things are better for everyone. A senior with dementia should not be left alone at home, but a compassionate caregiver can make the house a safe, secure place until you are able to return.

Originally posted 2014-02-25 10:30:42.

Tim Colling
Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to and to as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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