Navigation Links
Communication problems in dementia care cause physical strain
Date:9/14/2009

Excessive physical strain in dementia care is not so much related to equipment or the resident's body weight as it is due to communication problems and misunderstandings. This is shown in a new study from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Dementia not only affects the memory and other cognitive functions, but also motor skills such as the ability to walk.

'The symptoms of dementia are very individual and can vary from one day to the next, and sometimes even from one moment to the next. This makes person transfers in dementia care very demanding for the personnel', says physiotherapist Cristina Wngblad, one of the researchers behind the study recently published in the scientific journal Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences.

The study investigates how nurses' aides at three dementia care facilities in western Sweden feel about person transfers in the workplace and what they do to reduce the physical strain. While the residents' body weight seems to be less relevant for how straining the personnel perceive their work to be, Wngblad found misunderstandings and communication problems to be much more important.

'A resident who is unable to read signals from the surroundings or who forgets what he or she is supposed to do reacts with anxiety, confusion and resistance. The personnel can avoid communication problems by explaining things with different words and by using body language, and thereby make person transfers much easier', says Synneve Dahlin Ivanoff, Professor of Occupational Therapy at the Sahlgrenska Academy.

Individual-specific knowledge about the residents also seems useful. For example, the personnel can make person transfers easier by giving appropriate instructions, using the right vocal pitch, assisting a resident in the way he or she prefers, and by knowing whether it is possible to ask a resident to move faster.

'The physiotherapists who train and educate dementia care personnel must be aware of the complexity of person transfers. The instructions on how residents should be moved ought to be tailored to each individual's needs and to each situation', says Wngblad.


'/>"/>

Contact: Cristina Wngblad
cristina.wangblad@lundby.goteborg.se
46-031-366-7790
University of Gothenburg
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Coast Dental Deploys Demandforce D3 Communications Platform
2. Purple Communications Invites Greater Baltimore Area Community To Celebrate Dr. MJ Bienvenu, Finalist in Dream Bigger Initiative
3. SHPS Wins Nine Healthcare Communication Awards in the 2009 Health Information Awards Program
4. Medical Arts Radiology Chooses Optimum Lightpath to Speed Anytime, Anywhere Access to Patient Data and Communications
5. StayWell Custom Communications Aligns With Leading Online Decision Support Care Company to Deliver iPhone and Web-Based Self Care and Decision Support Solutions
6. Purple Communications Invites Greater San Ramon Community to Celebrate Ms. Ella Mae Lentz, Finalist in Dream Bigger Initiative
7. Physicians Citing Human Error as Top Communication Problem
8. Leading Communications and Healthcare Firms Join TEDS Consortium
9. Xanthus Communications Adds New Client Manhattan Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group, P.C.
10. Purple Communications(TM) Announces Second Quarter 2009 Results
11. Hollins Communications Research Institute Announces More Stuttering Therapy Scholarships
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/26/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2017 , ... Mediaplanet is ... Wound Care" campaign in USA Today, which will educate readers on how to take ... the campaign, a large focus is placed on melanoma. Dancing with the Stars professional, ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... Clara, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2017 ... ... announces the integration of the CareFusion NOX-T3 portable sleep monitor with its Somnoware ... provides a consistent, browser-based interface for diagnostic device operations. With this platform, initializing ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... , ... May 26, 2017 , ... After raising nearly ... Top gadget will continue to be available at a discounted crowdfunding price on ... stress wherever they are, I also wanted to bring a fidget toy to the ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... , ... May 26, 2017 , ... “When the Stars ... Home” is the creation of published author Laura Weigel Douglas, an avid reader who ... in a house that sometimes feels like Green Hills Adventure Camp. She couldn’t be ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... , ... Water damage to the flooring of several classrooms at The Fort ... with a number of critical issues to address before students could return to classes. ... little or no disruption to class schedules. Second, the project had to comply with ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/11/2017)... 11, 2017  Thornhill Research Inc. ( ... an $8,049,024 USD five-year, firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-quantity/indefinite-delivery contract by ... Commercial Corporation (CCC) ( Ottawa, Ontario, Canada ... administer general anesthesia to patients requiring emergency medical ... US Marine Corps have been a longtime partner ...
(Date:5/10/2017)... , May 10, 2017 Radiology has become ... its costs have also spiraled to the number one ... to radiology than ever before as the most complete ... a patient with lower back pain an MRI may ... reason for pain, resulting in entirely different treatment protocols.  ...
(Date:5/9/2017)... , May 9, 2017  Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. ... a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development ... the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has granted Oramed ... Administration of Exenatide". The patent covers Oramed,s invention ... GLP-1 is an incretin hormone that stimulates ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: