One of the most important aspect of exhorting a great quality of life is to make sure that your client or patient have healthy gums, teeth, and tongue. Prevention is consistent oral care!
Some oral problems are bad breath, plaque buildup, or gum diseases.
A clean and happy mouth will sustain the stomach and throat health, however if the client is experiencing throat problems, then you may want to report any or every discomfort to the proper personnel. Remember now, that you, the caregiver is the non-medical participant, and all your observations must be documented and reported.
If your client does not have a dental hygienist, which is hardly not-likely, then you may want to encourage thatone be added to the team.
In the meantime, consistent oral care can be difficult if you are assisting a client who is cognitively challenged.
In cases like these, the client may no longer understand or has lost the ability to cope with hygiene activity. Therefore, a caregiver may have to employ gestures and symbols as well asrepetition in order to communicate the activity.
For this method to be effective, it must be practiced on a consistent basis. Consistency is key when working with a patient or client who is experiencing Alzheimer’s.
The entire exercise or activity is a form or branding of retraining the memory. You are assisting the client or patient to reconnect with the part of the brain that is slowly wandering away.
Therefore, using, signs, symbols, gestures, and constant repetition will or may remind themthat this activityis tuckedaway in the long-term memory. Keeping it alive.
It is easier for the Alzheimer memory to remember what is stored in the long-term memory, that is why consistency and repetition is usually effective.
Another way is to meet the client half way, you do this when you know her or his mood swings, as well as likes and dislikes. It is unwise to do any form of activities during sun-downing.
The client may at times,react to the same activity differently. Therefore, you will have to know when it is time to back down or when to remove yourself form the room. (if you must remove yourself, please make sure that she or he is safe, their safety is your responsibility) also figure out when to restart the activity.It may be challenging, but it can be done! know your client and follow along.Do the activity at the same time and place, every day.
It is also true that the patient or client does absorb your energy, so if you approach the client with trepidation, anxiety or fear, they will reflect and react as such.
Start your day well, rested-up, approach with quiet, calm and gentleness.
Allow yourself to exhume happiness through your smiles and compassionate “CARE”.