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Redirecting a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

Raising children can be an extremely difficult challenge for many parents. Even though the time-honored joke that, “there’s no manual about being a parent,” is not exactly true, every situation is different. Sometimes, redirection is absolutely necessary to help children focus properly on the task at hand. Redirection can also be extremely beneficial for somebody with Alzheimer’s, but for many different reasons.

Alzheimer's Care in North Fort Myers FL: Redirection

Alzheimer’s Care in North Fort Myers FL: Redirection

Aggression and anxiety.

Imagine for a moment you woke up in a strange house. Maybe it’s not even a house but a hospital setting. There’s no one around right away, but you hear noises. You have no idea where you are. The first person you see is a nurse and the next is a security guard. You’re not allowed to leave.

You don’t know these people at all and suddenly become frightened. The anxiety can lead to frustration and what are you going to do? Some people may go back into the room, lay down, and shake in nervous anxiety trying to figure what is going on while others may lash out, try to push or punch the nurse and then security guard, and possibly try to run away.

That could be what it’s like for some people dealing with Alzheimer’s.

Redirection can help them forget the anxiety, confusion, and frustration they may feel at any given time when they wake up or suddenly don’t recognize their surroundings. It serves many purposes, this redirection, and let’s talk about a few of those to keep in mind.

It helps to reduce anxiety.

When somebody is redirected, suddenly asked about some jewelry they have on, guided into a routine they have developed over the years, or something else, their mind is immediately focused on a different task and that can help them forget what they were just so frightened about.

It helps to reduce aggression.

In the example we opened with, if that person, you, perhaps, were redirected to an area of interest, something you really enjoy doing, you might not have the same desire to escape or same fear about your circumstances; they suddenly become background noise you quickly can forget about.

It can help keep people comfortable.

One of the most important things for reducing aggression and anxiety is providing comfort. Redirecting somebody with Alzheimer’s who is in the midst of an extremely confusing moment can bring them comfort. That comfort can help settle their nerves and derail aggressive tendencies that could be developing.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in North Fort Myers, FLplease contact the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse Home Health Care at (239) 307-0033.

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Ted Wolfendale, Esq.

Administrator at Dial-a-Nurse
Mr. Wolfendale is a graduate of Stetson University, and Stetson University School of Law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the Middle district of Florida, is an active member of the Florida Health Law section, and Lee County Bar Association.

In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.

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