Sunday, 1 April 2012
As carers we do not criticize ourselves after receiving knowledge from professionals or experienced carers on how to enrich someone's quality of activities, neither do we feel happy, praised to execute tasks that backfires merely because of insufficient know how and what, of the realities of our beautiful elderly and dementia people.
Supportively we can apply the solver to establish our good caring instincts, the solver could simply be THE FIVE W’s, W/W/W/W/W – 5W’s. Unfortunately it takes the reconsideration of, more or less, five questions to cope with daily challenges in care for a relative, a friend, a partner, a client or a patient in my world the gorgeous elderly and angelic dementia people, people cherished with different realities, where every person lives a unique life. Preferably the first
(1)W. WHAT is happening, what kind of behavior, what immediate emotion and possibly what anger, fear or frustration. The initial step of every carer is to know what. Too often carer’s tend to answer I don’t know or do you think I know what happened? On the other hand we can really find out by asking what happened.
sophistically our second (2)W WHEN does it happen, once again a pattern can be traced by observant carers in people with dementia and also in the Elderly, a pattern around the behavior. Keeping a log of such a pattern is a huge leap towards eliminating accidents or unwelcome incidents and to improve a personal quality of life.
(3)W. WHERE does it occur, is there a special room or atmosphere for such a behavior, does it always occur in a specific place or at a particular time. May be a particular object in the corner.
The next (4)W. WHO is subjected to such a peculiar behavior. Is the behavior cause by or around who, otherwise is the behavior affecting who. Are you or someone else involved, always remember in dementia, one face might not fit a particular moment of reality. Change and refreshment with continuity enhances an effort.
Obviously(5)W. for WHY does it happen, what triggers the behavior. Better put does the behavior ought to happen, has it a genuine reason for the occurrence.
The 5 W's keeps carers alert looking for clues now and then and encourages to look for positive points just to promote a better health. It is in itself a task to identify a personality.