Tag: Agitation

Articles about managing agitation in the terminally ill.

Best Practices for Approaching Combative Dementia Patients

Dementia is a progressive brain disorder that affects a person’s cognitive abilities, memory, and behavior. In the later stages of the disease, some patients can become combative and aggressive, making it difficult for caregivers to provide the necessary care. As a hospice nurse, it’s important to know how to approach and manage combative dementia patients to ensure their comfort and safety. Here are some best practices to consider:
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Recognizing and Treating Common End of Life Symptoms

Guide to Recognize and Treat Common End of Life Symptoms provides tips on managing symptoms experienced by those at the end of their lives - Topics such as pain, shortness of breath, respiratory distress, and anxiety, and provides suggestions for medications and complementary therapies to help manage these symptoms.
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Validation Therapy: A Valuable Tool for Families and Healthcare Teams

Naomi Feil is an expert in gerontology and the creator of validation therapy which is a means of communicating and acknowledging the internal reality of patients with dementia. When properly utilized, validation therapy can enhance the quality of life of patients with dementia as well as reduce stress of the family and caregivers. While Naomi Feil and her followers (of which the writer of this article may be considered one at least in form) focus on the use of this method of communication for maintenance of health with the potential for a level of restorative health, I want to share how the concepts of this method can be used during times of crisis.
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