Crisis Management and Solutions
We often work with people with Dementia during Crisis situations, which is a very difficult and stressful time for the entire family. The safety of older adults with Dementia is a priority during Crisis. If you are facing a crisis please call us and we can help you navigate the options to keep your loved one safe. Call Us Today 949-278-6181
Aggression and agitation are the most common behaviors present at crisis. Delusions, wandering, and hallucinations are also key behaviors contributing to crisis. Behavioral crisis can happen suddenly in people with dementia. Seniors residing in their own homes are at higher risk for harm during crisis. Many times they end up in a psychiatric inpatient setting, specialist-care unit, long-term care setting, or referred to psychiatric community services.
Interventions and Management
It is important to know interventions to reduce and manage the agitation and aggression during a crisis. Some non-pharmacologic interventions for agitation and aggression in individuals with dementia include; having them listed to their favorite music, aromatherapy with a calming oil (lavender), exposure to sunlight, going for a walk, reminiscing about the past through engaging them in conversation and/or showing them pictures of loved ones, redirecting them to something they enjoy doing/hobbies. Having structure and a routine for someone with Dementia is very beneficial. Call Us Today 949-278-6181