As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, difficult behaviors can develop
and seniors will require a more intensive level of dementia care. When
the behavioral challenges of your loved one become too difficult for your
family to cope with, it may be time to consider moving him or her to a
memory care location.
Consider the Potential Consequences
The behavioral changes of Alzheimer’s can take many forms. These
individuals may engage in repetition, act aggressively, behave suspiciously,
and exhibit confusion. It is not always necessary to attempt to correct
or halt difficult behaviors. Sometimes, attempts at intervention may only
cause unnecessary distress to the individual. Before deciding whether
to take action, consider whether the behavior is truly problematic. In
other words, could the behavior harm the individual or other people? Even
if a person’s behavior is disruptive or makes you uncomfortable,
it may be best to simply let go of the issue rather than risk distressing
your loved one.
Assess the Patterns
Alzheimer’s care providers look for patterns in an individual’s
behavior. There may be a certain time of year or day that is most troublesome
to the individual. There might be a specific trigger that leads to problematic
behaviors, such as loud noises or “busy” environments. Consider
keeping a written record of your loved one’s behaviors to help you
identify the patterns.
Explore the Possible Reasons
Identifying these patterns can help you discover the likely reasons for
your loved one’s behavior, if any. Some people
act aggressively when they are frustrated or in pain. Behaviors that indicate anxiety may be triggered by hunger,
an uncomfortable body temperature, or a distressing environment. Repetitive
behaviors may indicate boredom.
Reflect Upon Changing Care Needs
It is not easy for families to provide the continuous care that seniors
with dementia need. If you are having difficulty coping with problematic
behaviors such as aggression or wandering, this could be a sign that a
greater level of professional care is needed.
When your loved one requires continuous care, it is time to turn to Avalon
Memory Care. Our unparalleled model of dementia care is based on the utmost
respect we have for our residents. Families can reach us at (214) 752-7050
to discuss arranging a dementia nursing care plan in Da, Cedar Park, or Houston.