By Cynthia D. Steele
Learn dementia care from an skilled colleague!
From a senior college member of the Copper Ridge Institute comes peer-to-peer suggestions on how one can provide the absolute best care to dementia sufferers and their families.
Part of McGraw-Hill's Nurse to Nurse sequence, this identify contains PDA obtain of the whole textual content, vignettes, nursing indicators that function just-in-time info on complicated or fairly very important elements of sufferer care, and healing discussion bins that offer nurses with particular communique strategies for either sufferers and their households. lined flex-binding repels stains.
- Dementia fundamentals
- Common issues of dementia
- Assessment of dementia
- Caregiving fundamentals
- Common difficulties in day-by-day care
- Managing behavioral difficulties
- Designing actions
- Helping families
The new Nurse to Nurse sequence is particularly designed to simulate the instructing adventure from which nurses research top: relied on mentors conscientiously explaining what they have to do in particular medical events. Written in a constant, single-author voice, every one booklet within the sequence brings the knowledge and event of a few of the key specialists to non-specialist nurses in scientific care.
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Extra resources for Nurse to Nurse Dementia Care
Don’t Ask Do you know what day it is? Do you know where we are? Do you know what year it is? Box 3-4 Responding during the MMSE When conducting an MMSE, you will ask the patient a series of questions. Regardless of the patient’s response, give positive praise or comments. If an answer is incorrect, do not correct the patient. This will only add to the patient’s confusion. NEUROLOGIC ASSESSMENT The neurologic examination of the person with dementia is essential, as dementia is a neurologic disease.
Appearance and behavior 3. Mood 4. Speech and language 5. Perceptions and beliefs 6. Cognition Conducting the Mental Status Examination As the Mental Status Examination will be unfamiliar and in many cases deemed intrusive and embarrassing, special approaches are required to successfully obtain data. Follow these guidelines: • The examination must be done in private where no one else can hear. Do not conduct the assessment in common areas such as hallways in a nursing facility or hospital. ” • Ensure that the environment is comfortable, quiet, and private.
What did the patient enjoy doing? Painting? Fixing cars? • What are the patient’s usual routines? Is he or she an early riser or a night owl? Many dementia patients recall their past and are unable to understand or remember the present. Nurses should inquire about each patient’s history and current status. Important information about each individual’s past will provide bridges for the future. For example, distracting a patient by talking about his or her past can make unpleasant tasks more palatable for the individual.