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In the care of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, bathing frequently poses a formidable challenge for caregivers. This article reports the results of a consensus conference on techniques to reduce disruptive behaviors during bathing, and to make the process less stressful for persons with dementia.
1. Policy and/or tradition is not adequate rationale for siderail use in light of current information indicating that siderails can be a hazard. 2. If a client is going to climb out over the siderail, the siderail increases risk for client injury. In such cases siderail use cannot be justified. 3. The nurses's goal is not to eliminate siderail use, but to… (More)
D uring recent decades, women and girls of diverse ethnicities, social classes, sexual orientations, and life experiences have encountered dramatic and complex changes in education, health, work, reproductive and caregiving roles, and personal relationships. Although many of these changes have resulted in increased equality, opportunity, and quality of… (More)
Because the majority of residents lack the skills and capacities to adapt to the nursing home environment, it is the staff's responsibility to modify the environment to reflect the residents' needs. In persons with dementia, anxious behavior occurs when the individual's environment provides too many stressors or no opportunities to relax or avoid stimuli,… (More)
Three psychosocial factors that may influence wandering behavior have been previously identified: lifelong patterns of coping with stress, previous work roles, and a need to search for persons or places associated with security. Strategies for managing wandering behavior include environmental modifications, planned activities, physical exercise, and… (More)