Nurse to Nurse Dementia Care by Cynthia D. Steele

By Cynthia D. Steele

Learn dementia care from an skilled colleague!

From a senior college member of the Copper Ridge Institute comes peer-to-peer advice on how one can supply the absolute best care to dementia sufferers and their families.

Part of McGraw-Hill's Nurse to Nurse sequence, this name comprises PDA obtain of the full textual content, vignettes, nursing signals that characteristic just-in-time info on complicated or fairly very important points of sufferer care, and healing discussion bins that supply nurses with particular communique suggestions for either sufferers and their households. covered flex-binding repels stains.


  • Dementia fundamentals
  • Common problems of dementia
  • Assessment of dementia
  • Caregiving fundamentals
  • Common difficulties in day-by-day care
  • Managing behavioral difficulties
  • Designing actions
  • Helping families

The new Nurse to Nurse sequence is particularly designed to simulate the educating adventure from which nurses study top: depended on mentors conscientiously explaining what they need to do in particular scientific occasions. Written in a constant, single-author voice, every one publication within the sequence brings the knowledge and adventure of a few of the main specialists to non-specialist nurses in medical care.

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PSYCHIATRIC ASSESSMENT Approximately half of those with dementia will also suffer from an additional psychiatric condition. These include: • Delirium • Depression • Hallucinations • Delusions • Mania • Apathy Most of these conditions will be identified during the Mental Status Examination described earlier. When psychiatric conditions are identified, the attending physician must be notified in order to assess the need for treatment, such as psychiatric medications and appropriate supportive care.

As such, these postures are indicative of an urgent issue that should be dealt with immediately. A call to the attending physician must be made as soon as possible. Dystonic postures, such as when the fingers of the hand are bent backward with the wrist flexed, can be indicative of neuroleptic malignant syndrome, which can be life-threatening. Box 3-6 Medical Alert: Seriousness of Dystonic Postures Dystonic postures, sustained muscle contractions that can result in abnormal postures, may be indicative of neuroleptic malignant syndrome, which can be life-threatening.

Accepting these feelings is essential, whether or not they make sense. Many disputes can be avoided if a nurse recognizes that he or she cannot force the patient into the present. Be Flexible Flexibility is one of the most important approaches to dementia care. Many caregivers feel pressured to get things done according to their own schedule. This is especially common in nursing homes and hospitals where the nurse is scheduled to care for several patients. If the patient resists your efforts to get something done, such as being shaved, it is often better to stop and try later.

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