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lara123

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Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:09 pm

what are some ways that you can handle aggressive behaviour in resident care?

Lilibeth

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Jan 19, 2013, 02:59 pm

From my experience, I used to worked in the dementia ward and we had a very agressive,sexually inappropriate and so on resident. Aside from to make sure he had taken his medication, avoid any argument, don't take anything from his hand, don't force him( eg. to eat,etc)Be passive, gentle, speak slowly but avoid being trap by him always leave an open space to get out just incase he will attack you(eg. leave the door open when entering into his room) and also they love being praise (you've done a good job, well done, you're a good man..etc). I had no any trouble, issues from him and also asked for any assistance from the senior nurse or carer of what other successful technique.

medicalpotato

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Apr 18, 2013, 02:17 am

Don't force him but don't show that you are intimidated. Just don't give him the opportunity to vent out his aggression towards you.

Caghs

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May 11, 2013, 04:31 am

All I'd add to the previous comments is to show that you value them. There is one guy where I work who puts a lot of staff off with his abusive behaviour, both physical and verbal. I've found that I can relate to him well just by approaching him as a human being as opposed to a "patient", and respecting him enough to listen to what he's saying, asking for his input, etc. For a lot of people, being in residential care makes them feel angry, and the way some staff treat them makes matters worse (staff tend to be short with upset residents, which exacerbates the problem).

That man is in there because of physical care needs, not dementia, however. If it's dementia, all you can really do is talk softly and calmly, move at their pace, and encourage - don't force. And if they don't want to do something and are becoming agitated, simply walk away and document it. Remember not to take it personally.

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