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Why Should You Avoid Arguing with a Loved One Who Has Dementia?

Home Care in Sewickley PA

Sometimes family caregivers feel that it’s important to make sure that an elderly loved one who has dementia understands what is real and what isn’t. The problem is that these actions can actually Home-Care-in-Sewickley-PAturn around and become an ugly situation for you and your elderly loved one. Avoiding these arguments is a much better idea and can help your loved one to stay calmer.

His Version of Reality Is Not the Same as Yours

Your elderly loved one isn’t necessarily living in the same reality that you’re living in and that can present a problem when your realities clash with each other. He doesn’t remember that some of his loved ones have passed away or that he no longer works in the same location where he worked for years. When someone’s reality is different from yours, often no amount of arguing with that person is likely to be successful.

Arguing Is Stressful for Your Loved One

It’s not just that you’re not likely to win an argument that makes it a bad idea. The very act of arguing with your elderly loved one is likely to raise his blood pressure, amp up his stress, and generally cause his anxiety levels to skyrocket. That stress can cause your loved one to start acting in unpredictable ways. Continuing to disagree with your loved one may even lead to extreme anger, which brings everything to yet another stress level.

Your Loved One May Overreact

Arguing can cause your loved one to overreact with the strength of his angst. Your loved one could wind up shouting, trying to escape his home, or any number of other reactions. Once he gets to this point, it can be difficult to calm your loved one down, which can lead to many hours of agitation for him. Your loved one might start to resist all sorts of activities, including eating, drinking, and hygiene. Ultimately, that only punishes himself, but it’s still a tremendous cause for concern.

If you’re having trouble learning how to avoid arguing with your loved one, talk to his doctor and to his home care providers about strategies that they suggest.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care in Sewickley, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Liken Home Care.  Call (412) 693-6820 or (855) 856-0551

Robert D. Liken CPC, CTS, President

President Liken Home Care at Liken Home Care
Graduate of Penn State University, 1970

Business Administration / Accounting Major

Has been in the staffing business since 1970.The original company LIKEN SERVICES, INC. was a general service staffing company specializing in the administrative, clerical, secretarial all office support staff positions (both temporary and direct hire) with 14 branch offices in and around W. PA and Upstate NY.As a division of that company, LIKEN HEALTH CARE, INC. was started in 1974 as a medical staffing company that staffed hospitals and other health care facilities.In 1976,we began to “follow the patients home” and at that point we started providing private duty home care. In 1995, the general staffing company was sold to a national, public company, and the health care staffing company was retained. Since 1995, we have concentrated our efforts in the health care marketplace.

Due to the aging baby boomers and the fact people are just living longer, in the late 90’s we refocused the company and today Liken specializesin providing private duty assisted living to those who need help to remain at home.A valuable service that allows an individual to remain independent in their homes for a much longer period of time as well as maintain a high level of quality of life.

Today, we specialize in providing private duty home care (Liken Home Care) to the elderly, the recovering ill, and the disabled in all of Western Pa.

In addition, Robert isCPC (Certified Personnel Consultant) and a CTS (Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist); professional designations of the National Association of Personnel Services.

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