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Tips for Making the Holidays Safer and Calmer for Dementia Patients from Pathways Home Health & Hospice
Date:12/24/2012

Sunnyvale, California (PRWEB) December 24, 2012

The holidays are a time of festivities and family gatherings, but for those with dementia, they can be packed with hazards and surprises. Pathways Home Health & Hospice has a special program for their hospice patients who have dementia. As part of this program, Pathways Hospice has published seasonal tips on how to keep patients, caregivers, and family members calmer and safer during a visit.

Pathways Home Health & Hospice provides tips on planning, decorating, festivities, visitors, activities, kitchen safety, shopping and travel. These can help families, caregivers and patients have a holiday visit that is pleasant for all including the person with dementia.

People with dementia need routines—the same activities, in the same place, at the same time. Families should keep this in mind when taking a loved one home for the holiday. The excitement, the car ride, change in surroundings and many people talking can cause the confused person with dementia to become agitated or upset.

Planning

  •     If a family will be taking a loved one home from a facility for the holidays, plan ahead. Let the staff know several days ahead so they have time to obtain medications and clothes.
  •     Allow extra time for everything, don’t rush the person.
  •     Try to keep as them as much possible to their daily routine.
Decoration
  •     Use ribbon instead of sharp hooks when hanging decorations.
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