How to Deal with Resident Behavior in a Nursing Home
When working in a nursing home, it doesn’t take long to encounter cases of aggressive behavior. Even when relatives are willing to take care of their loved ones, agitation may be overwhelming, and they choose to take them to a nursing home. Dementia is the most prevalent condition among most nursing home residents. And in most cases, results in behavioural symptoms such as aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations, and delusions.
Many factors come in to play when interacting with nursing care residents. One is that they vary in terms of age, social-economic status, and existing health conditions. Understanding these factors and Learning how to deal with the behaviours can successfully influence how a healthcare worker treats and interacts with the residents.
The first important step to take is to discuss in detail with your patients as well as their families why they need to be treated in a nursing home. Let them understand the reason and period of their stay. Most patients get fearful and can feel lonely and abandoned by their families when they arrive at the nursing home. Create a friendly, calm environment and make them feel as comfortable as possible.