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Memory Care or Behavioral Units for Dementia

Caregivers: Dementia | Last Active: Oct 10, 2019 | Replies (6)

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@virginianaeve

Good afternoon. Unless things have drastically changed since my mom had episodes of difficult behavior, the remedies are few and far between. Hospital visits brought out the worst in her. She would take swings at the nurses and doctors with her fists. Her language got nasty and she shouted words I didn't know she knew! She was put on psychotropic drugs and antidepressants (Zoloft, Adivan, etc). Looking back, I don't think any of those were a good idea. I can give you a few tips that may help. Find a way to play her favorite music (iPod, old cell phone, etc) and get her some headphones. I recorded Frank Sinatra, old 'swing' tunes, big band stuff. It would calm her down immediately. Before we knew it, she was singing along. Also, they have some really realistic stuffed puppies and kitties. They move their heads and purr, etc. Keep one handy and when things get bad, pop one in her lap. Expensive, but a lot less than a psychological councilor. Please visit my website http://www.anewpathformom.com. You might see some helpful things. Good luck!

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@virginianaeve Your suggestions will be so helpful to everyone, especially the music from her era. Does the facility have pet therapy? It works so well! Thank you for posting what has worked for you