Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH
$150 Purchase Price
Alzheimer’s: Facilitating ADLs
For nursing staff working with Alzheimer’s patients in long-term care and assisted living, often the most challenging aspects of care is providing activities of daily living (ADLs). Dressing, bathing, grooming and even meal times may be perceived as a frightening experience by the person with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s not surprising that a patient becomes uncooperative, agitated or even aggressive if they don’t understand why their clothes are being removed or why they are being confined into a small bathroom area with someone perceived to be a stranger.
Dr. Rabins and nursing staff work together in this DVD to develop strategies that will be useful for all care providers. Their suggestions include: not overwhelming the patient with general directions; providing step-by-step verbal cues; demonstrating what action the patient should do; encouraging the patient and providing positive reinforcement at the completion of each step; encouraging patients to do as much as they can for themselves; and, using a gentle reassuring tone of voice and manner. If something upsets a patient, they suggest not continuing, but coming back later and trying a different approach or bringing in another staff member.
Topics: ADLs, bathing, dressing, feeding, overcoming resistance to necessary care, person-centered care, long term care, assisted living, difficult behaviors, Alzheimer’s disease
Audience: Staff in long term care and assisted living; students in nursing, nursing assistants and allied health programs
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