Caregivers need to understand the disease and not try and confront or correct what might appear to be bad behavior. Instead, the most important thing is to listen with your ears, eyes and heart. The aim should be to try to tune into what the patient or loved one is feeling. If you can handle dementia behaviors sensitively in this way you will be better placed to help them.
Patience, understanding and compassion are key attributes for any caregiver wanting to handle dementia behaviors. Maintaining a sense of humor, having a flexible approach, speaking slowly and being kind are key.
It’s also important to check with a doctor if there are any sudden changes in behavior. These may be triggered by medication which could be changed.