Archive for April, 2012

Dementia Care: Dealing with Mood Swings and Behavioral Outbursts

Monday, April 23rd, 2012 by admin

One of the most detrimental effects of dementia related conditions are mood swings and other behavioral changes. Dementia is not a single condition, but a non-specific illness diagnosed based on a set of signs and symptoms. Depending on the areas of the brain that are affected by this condition, the individual may display memory, cognitive, motor,  perceptual and information processing deficits.  An individual with dementia may perceive and process environmental information in a distorted manner which can bring about erratic behavior. For instance, they may have a heightened sense of smell and perceive smells as too strong and irritating.  Here are some helpful tips to make your home more comfortable and enjoyable for an individual with dementia.

Lighting:

It is very important to keep all areas of the house well lit since bright lights that can cause glare and poorly lit areas can create shadows and may be misperceived.

  • Use combination lighting and wall mounted light fixtures.

Noise:

Attempting to regulate noise levels in New York City, may be a challenge but it can be accomplished. Loud and constant noise is very irritating, especially to someone with dementia.

  • Seal crevices and cracks around baseboards, windows and doors to reduce sound levels.

Air quality:

Strong smells are very irritating and increased humidity may increase the potential for mold formation which can become a health hazard.

  • Eliminate or control the source of air pollution, garbage, pets, perishable foods.
  • Keep windows open when weather permits.

Temperature:

Keep home warm during the winter months and cool during the summer months.

  • Make sure the thermostat is working properly and is set at a comfortable temperature.
  • Make sure air conditioners are in working condition.
  • Install a temperature sensor  

I hope that these tips are helpful. If you would like to learn more ways on how to modify your home in order to reduce or manage mood swings and behavioral outburst in people with dementia, please give us a call at 1-888-956-0077.

By

Miller Calberto, MS, OTR/L, CAPS
Senior partner
Adapting Spaces, LLC
mcalbertotr@adaptingspaces.com
1888-956-0077