Daily Dementia Dose: Have you ever felt you just want to shout as a caregiver?

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Daily Dementia Dose: Have you ever felt you just want to shout as a caregiver?

Have you ever felt that sometimes as a caregiver, you just want to give up or just shout? Just get out of the situation?

Several weeks ago I went to a nursing home and the patient just did not want me.

She was just so mad and irritated and I asked the nurses about what’s wrong with the patient. Why is she so mad at me?

Apparently, the patient’s husband was killed by a Vietnamese. And she thought that I was the Vietnamese who killed her husband during the war.

She was upset and did not want to see me.

There are times that you just want to let go and not deal with it. So I decided that I have to let go and not treat the patient.

There’s one tip that you can really do to prevent you from getting mad. It’s fairly simple.

The tip is to do some breathing exercises. Your lungs, when you’re doing breathing exercises, is basically putting in good oxygen and removing the dirty carbon dioxide.

You can’t put in good, clean oxygen if you don’t remove the dirty carbon dioxide.

So if you feel like you want to get out or to shout, do some breathing exercises.

It doesn’t have to be complicated – just inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.

Do it at least 5 times so you can relax.

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About the author 

Dr Michael Chua PT, DPT

Dr Michael Chua is a physical therapist practising in Home Health, Skilled Nursing Facilities and Acute Care Hospital. His clinical interest involves pain management, geriatrics and dementia management. He enjoys treating patients and bringing out the best in them using positive treatment approaches, his dynamic work setting in a rural area provides an opportunity to treat a wide range from geriatrics to orthopaedics.

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