Daily Dementia Dose: How to handle conflict?

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Daily Dementia Dose: How to handle conflict?

Conflict is always there.

If you have a dementia patient or a loved one with this condition, there will always be conflict and argument.

Even Jesus Christ himself said, “I come into this world not to give peace, but to come and give trials and tribulation.”

Conflict is always there. What you need is to know how to handle it.

The first thing you need to do is to accept the fact that there’s always conflict in this world. Accept the fact that there will always be a misunderstanding. Especially when you are taking care of a dementia patient.

Second is identifying the source of the conflict.

What is the cause of their behavior? Why are they mad? Why are they upset? Why are they irritated? It could be a physical problem, an emotional problem.

It could be that they are just irritated because they are uncomfortable.

The third is learning how to embrace and to know, and learn from the actual conflict itself.

If you identified what’s making them have some behaviors or conflict, then you can prevent it from happening again.

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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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