A packet of organizational materials for
families of loved ones entering or residing
in a Skilled Nursing Care Facility.
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Being Aware of Behavioral Symptoms
Recognizing behavioral changes in an elderly loved one can
be the first step in getting proper care for an elderly loved one.
Behavioral changes in an elderly loved one can be indicators of a more
serious medical issue. Behavioral
symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can be dramatic
personality changes, forgetfulness, and depression.
Recognition of such behavioral symptoms can help to provide an early
diagnosis of Alzheimer’s which can lead to treatment that can help to slow the
progression of the disease. Depression
is especially prevalent in the elderly community and behavioral symptoms of
depression include lack of willingness of the person to participate in
activities formerly enjoyed, sleeping for greater periods of time, and a loss of
appetite. Other behavioral symptoms
that are indicative of greater problems include incidences of physical or verbal
abuse, displaying actions that are considered socially inappropriate, and
refusing care from caregivers or staff members of an elderly care facility.
When behavioral symptoms become apparent, the care plan that has been
devised for an elderly loved one should be revised in order to address potential
problems and monitor other behaviors. If
an elderly loved one is already displaying behavioral symptoms that suggest a
deeper problem, the staff of an elderly care facility should be made aware of
Using Care Plan
Information™ to Assess an Elderly Loved One
Care Plan Information™ can help families assess
whether or not an elderly loved on is displaying behavioral symptoms of a deeper
problem. Alerting the staff of an
elderly care facility will help the staff members make appropriate changes in
the care plan to give an elderly loved one the necessary care.
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