Long-Term Care

Trainer’s tip: Ways to help a resident perform a task

LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, March 8, 2012

Residents with dementia have difficulty performing day-to-day tasks. The following steps go a long way in helping dementia residents:

1. Explain each step in simple language, one at a time
2. Demonstrate each step, doing the task while the resident watches
3. Move the person through the steps of the task, placing arms and legs in the right positions
4. If distracted, begin at the beginning

Remember to be patient an unhurried!

This is an excerpt from the HCPro book, The Long-Term Care Nursing Desk Reference, Second Edition, by Barbara Acello, MS, RN.

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