I am so encouraged as to the wording of this question. Yes, some dementia patients can be combative.
The word “remember” is shrouded in negativity, anxiety, and feelings of uncertainty for persons experiencing dementia. “Mom, you remember your neighbors, Tom and Jane? Don’t you?” All eyes are on the person with dementia, as everyone in the room is holding their breath waiting to clap for the right answer, like watching a child taking their first step.
Just like most of us love to get something nice in the mail, greeting cards are an incredible wealth of engagement for our clients with Dementia or Alzheimer's disease. The act of using dexterity to open the envelope. The brain stimulation with the curiosity of looking at the "return address" and trying to recognize it. The look of accomplishment if and when they do recognize the name. The simplistic writing on the inside makes for easy words and easy reading.
At Companion Home Care, we believe it is crucial to stay up-to-date on the latest trends in home care, Alzheimer's, dementia, and memory care. Owner Michelle Belton is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) with over 14 years of senior home care experience. She regularly attends classes, workshops, and conferences to gain useful knowledge on the latest in home care research and best practices so that she can share this useful information with the Companion Home Care staff.