Managing difficult behaviors is one of the biggest caregiver challenges we face. People living with memory loss don’t realize they’re being unreasonable. Difficult behavior is an unfortunate by-product of their disease.
Navigating our loved one’s behaviors and our own emotions is crucial to caregiving success. However, no one has a clear path to making that happen. In this episode, I talk to Dr. Natali Edmonds and get specific advice on managing difficult behaviors.
I started with one that I’m currently facing. The caregivers who help Mom with showers have told me that she’s started fighting their help. There are times when it takes an extra person to hold her hands which sounds truly unpleasant for all involved.
Caring for my Mom is a challenge because she’s very independent and refuses help. Helping her, even offering help makes her mad. Allowing her to do things on her own and keeping her safe is extremely difficult.
Thankfully, this conversation gave me tips and ideas on how to help Mom without upsetting her. Mom always wants to be helpful so I need to use that to my advantage. Giving her “helpful” things to do makes Mom feel useful. Not only does this make her happy it also makes her more compliant.
You’ll gain new tips and a new resource in less than an hour. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
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