Now a days, having a social online presence for any business is a must. With this, we come across a lot of useful and relevant information. The one that tops our list is Dr. Antonio Graham, a geriatrician with training in internal medicine. His account @geriagingexpert, on Instagram, is a must follow. Dr. Graham posts bite sized information posts regarding aging. Aging is a multifaceted issue, but we find Dr. Graham has an ability to post complex information in an easy to understand format. One post, in regards to tips for caregivers of a person with dementia, states this:
- REMINISCE- Never say “Remember”
- REPEAT- Never say “I already told you”
- SAY “Do what you can”- Never say “You can’t”
- ASK- Never command
- ENCOURAGE and PRAISE- Never condescend
These are “rules” we highlight with our own caregivers/CNA’s here at PSFS. As caregivers, awareness of how we are speaking with our clients with dementia, increases our ability to assist them. Having a pleasant tone, exhibiting appropriate body language while following the above – mentioned tips, increases the quality of home-care we can provide.
Give Dr. Graham as well as us a follow on Instagram!