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I have a resident who is a wanderer and picks up any item in sight. She goes into residents rooms and removes itmes, picks up other residents food and drinks at snack time (most of which she is allergic to) then consumes them. She is difficult to sit down or redirect. Also she seems agitated a lot of the time. the more people she is around the more overstimulated I think she seems. I am being "encouraged" to keep her occupied, but am finding it diffiuclt to give her one on one while running activities with the rest of my residents. I usually have about 7 activites a day, so am pretty busy. I give her one on one when I can, but most of the time she needs it during a large group activity. Also she upsets the other residents with her constant "visits" and property removals.

 

Does anyone know where I can get cloned, or have other suggestions how I can restore peace to my facility. Sometimes I feel like I'm in over my head. I'm being pulled in several different dirrections at once.

 

 

HELP!!!

 

Thank you and God Bless!

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I feel your pain! I had a resident at my facility who did the same thing. She was an alzheimers patient and no matter what we did to stop this behavior, nothing worked. She was amb. which made it worse and our other residents got sick and tired of seeing her with their things. (she carried around everything she picked up and when asked about an item she would always say it was hers and "I've had this for a long time") Another bad thing was that our little horder would become combative at times when staff tried to take things away that didn't belong to her. It was aweful! The only thing we could do was to offer to "trade" items for things that belonged to other residents, also do what we could to keep her from going into other residents rooms. She was even sent to a special behavior facility for two weeks but the bottom line was that this was part of her disease and nothing was going to change it. It had gotten so bad that she was taking her silverware from her meal trays and after trying to stab another resident with a fork she had to be transfered to a facility with a lock-down alzheimers unit.

Try the "trade" thing...sometimes it worked for me. Just please remember that the behavior is part of the disease and if possible try to explain this to the other residents. Also when you try to redirect her, do your best to do it in a dignified way. Hope some of this helps--LisaRee

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We do the trade thing too. She's just as you described, minus the stabbing, Praise the Lord. Yes I know to treat her nicely. As I'm removing something from her hands, I say "Thank you (name)" trying to make it seem more like she is giving it to me. I get various reactions from her. We try not to use "NO no no", but sometimes, when you panic, it just comes out. Never mean or hostile to her though.

 

Thank you for your response.

 

Anyone Else?????

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I have a resident who is a wanderer and picks up any item in sight. She goes into residents rooms and removes itmes, picks up other residents food and drinks at snack time (most of which she is allergic to) then consumes them. She is difficult to sit down or redirect. Also she seems agitated a lot of the time. the more people she is around the more overstimulated I think she seems. I am being "encouraged" to keep her occupied, but am finding it diffiuclt to give her one on one while running activities with the rest of my residents. I usually have about 7 activites a day, so am pretty busy. I give her one on one when I can, but most of the time she needs it during a large group activity. Also she upsets the other residents with her constant "visits" and property removals.

 

Does anyone know where I can get cloned, or have other suggestions how I can restore peace to my facility. Sometimes I feel like I'm in over my head. I'm being pulled in several different dirrections at once.

 

 

HELP!!!

 

Thank you and God Bless!

 

Hello,

 

My name is Laciana E. Moreland and I work at Genesis HCC at Marcella Center. I work with these kinds of residents all of the time. What I would suggest is to create a personal activities box which consist of all the likes of this particular resident. For example, if she likes baking, get a box or container and put in all the items that would pertain to baking. Put in sensory stimulation items that are safe such as pumpkin pie, pie pans, wooden spoons, and cinnamon. Please make sure you select items that are safe if resident consumes them. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me at laciana.moreland@genesishcc.com.

Thank you

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