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Insight about caring for Alzheimer's patients

In light of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in January, we would like to share some wisdom with you in the hopes of shedding some light about how to help care for those with Alzheimer’s.
Take a look at some insights from one of our Registered Mental Health Nurses, Uchechukwu Nwosu.
Do you have experience helping those with Alzheimer’s?
In which setting have you helped them?
What skills are necessary to help care for Alzheimer’s patients?
Treat them with dignity and respect. Always explain what you are going to do. Do not assume that the patient cannot understand you. Have empathy, be patient, and be kind.
Do you find any particular resources helpful when caring for Alzheimer’s patients?
Reading, soothing music, or walks.
What kind of questions do you find are helpful to ask Alzheimer’s patients?
What they and their friends did for fun as a teenager.
What kind of questions or statements do you feel should be avoided when speaking to an Alzheimer’s patient?
Don't ask if they remember something, and don't tell them they are wrong about something.
Are there any techniques that you use to help soothe an Alzheimer’s patient when they’re struggling?
Follow the patient's care plan regarding these procedures. Ensure your safety and the safety of others.
What advice can you give new caregivers who are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s?
Assess the care plan and assist with basic needs.
Do you have any other insight that you could provide about caring for an Alzheimer’s patient?
  • Speak clearly and calmly
  • Avoid speaking sharply or raising your voice
  • Engage them in one on one conversations
  • Ask one question at a time
  • Try to make eye contact
Thank you, Uchechukwu, for sharing your knowledge! We hope that it will provide valuable insight for those who are seeking advice about caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
Are you an RMN with more information about caring for someone with Alzheimer’s? If so, please spare a few minutes to fill out this form and let us share your knowledge with those who need it.