Dec 6, '06
Working with Alzheimers patients is similar to working with very forgetful, combative toddlers and preschool children who are not toilet-trained.
But, seriously, one of my demented 72 year old male patients was given a psych evaluation and was determined by the psychiatrist to have the approximate mental age of an 18 month old. My typical demented patients have mental ages of less than 4 years old.
Last edit by TheCommuter on Dec 6, '06
Dec 7, '06
It takes patience, caring, and the ability to see the pt as a person. You'll have great days, you'll have miserable ( and I mean MISERABLE) days. You'll laugh, you'll cry. You'll want to scream, yell, carry on just like your pt's are, but you won't. You'll go home some nights feeling like you did nothing to make their lives more comfortable, and you'll also have days you go home KNOWING you made a difference. It takes a special person to work with alz, and I'm proud to say that this is the work I choose to do. If you see yourself in anything I wrote, this is the job for you too. Best of luck in whatever you choose!
Last edit by JohnBearPA on Dec 7, '06
: Reason: I've gotta' learn to use spellcheck before i submit posts, LOL!