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Mar 23
Patsy Pope
Chewing on objects; common in dementia
23 Mar, 2015. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Patsy Pope
Elders in severe stage dementia often have a need to chew or suck on objects. Objects such as clothing, wood, leather, other people even, which can all seem inappropriate and disturbing to carers. The drive behind the behaviour is a need for comfort. Just as infants like to suck or bite, so do elderly in the severe stage of a dementia journey. It brings sensory stimulation, a rhythmic movement and a sense of security. As we want to fill this need and bring that much needed security and comfort to the person, we should assist in finding the right, safe,…
Mar 1
Patsy Pope
When is a lie not really a lie: different realities in dementia
1 Mar, 2015. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Patsy Pope
I am often asked this question by carers. It's a fair question with ethical and moral issues attached. As someone who has worked in mental health for most of my thirty five year career, the question is easy; you enter a person's reality not to cause emotions harm. The above article by the John Schmid explains the concept better than I ever could, have a read, and take guidance.
Jan 15
Patsy Pope
Some book recommendations.
15 Jan, 2015. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Patsy Pope
I am always on the look out for books on dementia. Not just academic or clinical books, but books which show the 'other' side of dementia; the personal, the humorous, some insight, the sharing of practicalities. With those issues in mind, I have stumbled across a few I want to share, hope you like them. Dear Dementia: Laughter and Tears by Ian Donaghy. 'Can I tell you about having a stroke' by Lisa Taylor [a children's book about a grandfather following his stroke, but cross over with vascular dementia. Also excellent for adults.] Practical Supervision by National Skills Academy. Great…
Jan 1
Patsy Pope
1 Jan, 2015. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Patsy Pope
Here it is, our new web site finally up and running thanks to the terrific talents of Neil our web designer. We hope you find the site easy to navigate, as we want you to enjoy your visits here. Along with the booking format which should allow you to book onto a training course with ease, we have endeavoured to cover every aspect of our services, especially the work we are doing with councils, organisations and charities. Plus the other side of our work; our wonderful private clients, each one a valued and wonderful addition to my life as I…
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…
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