TOPIC OF THE MONTH – DEMENTIA

Dementia is an “umbrella” term used to describe a range of symptoms associated with cognitive impairment. Most common forms of dementia are Alzheimer’s, Vascular, Lew Body and Frontotemperal

Forget me not staff are trained to follow the “10 absolutes” when providing care and support to residents particularly diagnosed with dementia with good positive outcomes:

1 Never ARGUE, instead AGREE
2 Never REASON, instead DIVERT
3 Never SHAME, instead DISTRACT
4 Never LECTURE, instead REASSURE
5 Never say “REMEMBER”, instead REMINISCE
6 Never say “I TOLD YOU” instead REPEAT/REGROUP
7 Never say “YOU CAN’T”, instead DO WHAT THEY CAN
8 Never COMMAND/DEMAND, instead ASK/MODEL
9 Never CONDESCENT, instead ENCOURAGE/PRAISE
10 Never FORCE, instead REINFORCE

At Forget me not, staff do understand the frustrations and difficulties families may have with understanding dementia. Some staff have parents who have been diagnosed with dementia and some who have cared for their parents and have now passed on.