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Best way to teach transfers for dementia patient?

I myself know what I think is the best way to transfer the patient with dementia,but I need to educate other employees,she is a two person assist in a group home enviroment. She doesn't barely wait anymore, but she screams and has behaviors when transferring with all employess but myself and hoyer is out of question.What is the best thing to tell them, educate them on this?

Status: Open    Jan 04, 2016 - 09:00 AM

Dementia, Caregiving

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Jan 08, 2016 - 01:42 PM

I am assuming that your aides have had basic training in how to safely transfer patients. If not, you might want to make arrangements to provide for that training. That trainer should also be able to assess your patient with dementia to see what measures would reassure her while she is being transferred.

If you aides have already the needed skills for safe transfers, you might look at what seems to frighten the patient during transfers. If I am reading your comments correctly, it sounds like she is not upset when you are involved in the transfer. You might look at what you do during the transfer that seems to reassure her. Is your approach different? Is your voice calmer? Do you hold her more securely? It may be that she has bonded to you more than the others.
You might have to work with the staff to develop a consistent procedure, so the patient will feel secure, no matter who is involved in the transfer.

If you are not successful in solving this problem, you might consider making arrangements for a nurse or therapist to assess the situation and work with you and your staff to solve the situation.

Good luck in your endeavors to provide safe, individualized care to your patients.
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