Nov 10
Patsy Pope
Territorial Wandering in the Elderly Male with Dementia
10 Nov, 2014. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Patsy Pope
Over the past several years, as I consult to care homes across the UK, I have observed elderly gentlemen patrolling a given area of their care home, and occasionally urinating along the walls, or in objects, in that same area. The staff see it as a continence issue and a ‘wandering’ pattern. Recently I witnessed two elderly men having a heated argument when one man tried to walk into the other’s patrolled area. The light bulb shone in my brain: is this a primitive territorial issue? I asked five care homes to assist me on a project. Monitor the patrolling…
Nov 7
Patsy Pope
Sherlock Holmes versus Florence Nightingale
7 Nov, 2014. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Patsy Pope
Dementia Care:More Sherlock Holmes than Florence Nightingale! Florence does things FOR or TO a patient. Sherlock deduces WHO the person is, WHAT the person is communicating [albeit non-verbally] and WHICH needs of the person are being overlooked. Florence prides herself on keeping ORDER and ROUTINE. Things running like clockwork for her nurses and thus the result of the tasks performed in the best interest of the patient. Sherlock thrives in CHOAS, sees the nuances and differences in every individual and thrives on those differences. Each case is unique and revolves around the individual. Florence looks at the bigger picture; the…