Quote from thecommuter
i am not defending these nurses and techs, but how else are they going to communicate with a demented patient who is functioning at the mental age of a 3 year old? i work at a nursing home with many demented patients, and the psychological evaluations reveal that some are functioning at the level of an 18 month old child. how can you maintain an adult conversation with someone who cannot engage in abstract thinking and becomes confused very easily?
kind of what i was thinking, too.
i was going to ask what the op meant by "talking to these patients like they are children."
on the one hand, you have
to be simple, concrete. they won't understand complex instructions or abstract concepts.
on the other hand, you can speak to someone in a simple
manner and still be respectful
but i can see how that could be disturbing to someone who is new.
it depends, too, on how advanced the dementia is. dealing with someone in the early stages of dementia is very
different from dealing with someone in late stages.
personally, i'm very guilty of calling patients "honey," "sweetie," and "darling," demented or completely a/o. some people consider this to be very disrespectful. i mean no disrespect by it.
(and, actually, i do the same thing with my coworkers, not just my patients.
but, it does offend some.