Be Patient And Let Your Loved One With Dementia Perform Their Daily Activities
Caring for the elderly with dementia can be a difficult job. It takes time to deliver personal care, and there is always the temptation to do deliver care as fast as possible so that you can move onto another task. In practice, staff at SNFs and larger senior living communities must attend to many residents and have little time to do so. As a result, care is often delivered in a rushed manner. Oral care is delivered in seconds and feeding takes only minutes. The norm becomes the actual delivery of care rather than supervising the resident as they perform their own tasks to the extent of their ability. Instead of allowing residents to maximize their independence and maintain their skills, staff deliver care in the easiest and most expedient way possible. In the end, residents, especially those with dementia, do not thrive in an environment where care is treated as a task and resident-Independence is marginalized.
Good Dementia Care Takes Time
There is no expedient way to deliver quality dementia care. Residents suffering from memory loss require patience and supervision, a requirement of dementia care discussed on http://santarosaseniorliving.com/ and a norm at Wild Rose Care Home. If care is to be a process of supervision while the resident performs their routines (eating, dressing, brushing) to the best of their ability, the caregiver must have ample time to supervise the routine. In essence, quality dementia care requires an effective staff to resident ratio so that staff are available during peak hours. This requirement of ample time and patience is one of the leading reasons why families seek quality assisted living communities for their loved ones. In fact, after placing their loved one in a large assisted living facility, many family members are unhappy with the quality of care and transition their loved one to a smaller care home with a better staff to resident ratio.