Friday, October 16, 2020
Do you know what to do when a senior with dementia is upset? Will you know the right steps to take to help them calm down and start problem-solving? At Concierge Care, we want you to be prepared for any situation while you are caring for a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. This starts with learning which techniques are the most successful at encouraging calm behavior for seniors. Let’s take a look below at our four top tips that will help you calm someone down who has dementia.
Connect with Them Emotionally
Mirror Their Emotions. If you really want to show the senior that you understand their feelings and frustrations, you can mirror them emotions. By matching their reactions and stress level, you can use their body’s natural responses to determine how they are feeling and why they are feeling that way.
Take Deep Breaths. What’s interesting is that while you are mirroring the senior’s emotions, they can actually begin to mirror you back. That’s where deep breathing comes into play. You want to encourage the senior to take deep breaths along with you, with an emphasis on exhaling air. Big exhales can help the senior to keep their ribcages relaxed and start taking in more oxygen to help them think better.
Connect with Them Physically
Take Their Hands. By holding the senior’s hands, you can show them you care through the simplest gesture. Take their hands gently in your own, using very natural manners. This hand-over-hand method shows a genuine connection and can help the senior calm down while simultaneously being comforted.
Use a Heartbeat Rhythm. Now you can introduce another calming gesture – The heartbeat method. With the senior’s hands in your own, squeeze their hands in a rhythm that mimics a heartbeat. If the senior has arthritis or any injuries, make sure you are being gentle and not causing them any discomfort or pain.
If you are looking for genuine support and comprehensive care for your senior loved one with dementia during this time, we want you to know that Concierge Care is here for you and your family. Our expert and compassionate Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care services show you just how committed we are to helping your senior thrive and live a better quality of life. Reach out to us today and schedule your consultation.