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How do aides deal with the agitation of a stroke patient?

How do aides deal with the agitation of a stroke patient?

Often inappropriatly: Agitation in a stroke pt may have many causes ranging in some uncommunicable physical discomfort to structural problems related to stroke damage.Very often medications are requested as primary intervention when in reality checking for simplemeasures such as repositioning , oain etc should be first searched for. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Agitation (Definition)

Agitation can be demonstrated emotionally or physically. Agitation is an expression of emotion that is a little less than anger but a little more than mildly irritated. One may become agitated quickly. In this case it can be problematic and one might need ...Read more


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How can you deal with the frustration of dementia?

How can you deal with the frustration of dementia?

Whose?: One of the hardest things life offers - for the elder and for everyone who cares for them. Frustration is a very apt word. Get help that helps. You need to be selective since there is a lot of info - use what helps. There are support groups, bloggers and professional specialists and also scammers. Try to gently end a bad interaction & continue later. Agree on code words/actions that help soothe. ...Read more

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How long for a stroke patient to feel some resolution of a stroke with the use of pt?

How long for a stroke patient to feel some resolution of a stroke with the use of pt?

Highly variable: Stokes come in all degrees of severity. Some people begin improving immediately. Others take longer. You should understand that improvement is possible for up to two years following a stroke so don't despair - keep trying and working with pt. ...Read more

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How do I deal with loss of motivation after the death of a loved one?

How do I deal with loss of motivation after the death of a loved one?

Grieving: I'm sorry for your loss. Grief is natural after the death of a loved one, and the time needed is very individual. Sadness, longing, reviewing memories, and pangs of missing him/her can happen. You may not feel like taking on projects for now, and may need quiet time. Confiding in trusted others is helpful, and accepting their support. Be gentle with yourself; let healing evolve. ...Read more

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How can I take care of the teeth of someone with dementia?

How can I take care of the teeth of someone with dementia?

Consult with dentist: Dentist might answer it more fully, but again ability to take care of oneself deteriorates as dementia advances. At skilled nursing facility, cna usually helps with brushing teeth, etc.Nursing facilities also keep track of dental appointments for cleaning. At home, consult with your dentist, and follow his instructions, but if the person needs help with brushing, then it should be done. ...Read more

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What can I do to deal with my emotional security after the death of a family member?

What can I do to deal with my emotional security after the death of a family member?

Grieving is normal: Strive for self-reliance regarding emotional security to prepare for changes/events in life. Grieving is normal & necessary for emotional health following the death of a family member/loved one. The loss must not diminish you but strengthen you. Be there for the others in your life (and allow them tio be there for you), especially those who share grief over the death of the family member. ...Read more

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How can I help with the depression of a loved one?

How can I help with the depression of a loved one?

See link : I like to use the national institute of mental health for information and guidance. It is non-biased i.e. No commercials. I direct family and loved ones of people with depression to this link: http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/publications/depression/how-can-i-help-a-loved-one-who-is-depressed.Shtml also---after your loved one is stabilized, ask to attend a meeting with their doctor/therapist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me in regards to nursing and the joint commission how can you reduce likelihood of patient harm associated with use of anticoagulant therapy?

Can you tell me in regards to nursing and the joint commission how can you reduce likelihood of patient harm associated with use of anticoagulant therapy?

Working through: the hospital's QM and Risk Management committees would be a good start. Collecting outcomes data, establishing goals and benchmarks, and a commitment to evidence-based medicine and standardized clinical pathways would be important. ...Read more

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I'm bipolar and can't keep a relationship. What type of character traits in another person would be able to deal with my ups and downs?

I'm bipolar and can't keep a relationship. What type of character traits in another person would be able to deal with my ups and downs?

I don't really know: of a particular character type to search for in a significant other if you are bipolar. I would encourage you to focus your energies on becoming as well as possible. The more healthy that you are - the higher the possibility that you will be able to establish a healthy relationship with a mentally healthy person. Take care. ...Read more

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What can the family of a person with manic depression do to help support them?

What can the family of a person with manic depression do to help support them?

Encourage: Treatment compliance! one of the most difficult problems is that the manias feel so good. It's almost like an addiction. And treatment prevents the manias from happening. Particularly young people have a problem with that. ...Read more

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How to cope with the sudden death of a grandparent?

How to cope with the sudden death of a grandparent?

Grief: These events force us to recognize that anyone -- young or old, healthy or sick -- can die at any time. This is a milestone of maturity. It makes us appreciate the time we have together. During the grief process, your mind and body will feel different. If the changes last more than a few weeks or are disabling, your physician can be your guide -- a brief course of talk rx generally works. ...Read more

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For psychologists: what is the best approach to deal with an overwhelming amount of stress from all aspects of life on your own? Can't afford therapy.

For psychologists: what is the best approach to deal with an overwhelming amount of stress from all aspects of life on your own? Can't afford therapy.

Dealing with stress: First, make sure you eat healthily and get at least 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night. Create a small group of reliable friends who will meet together regularly to hear and support each other. Find a type of exercise you'll enjoy enough to do regularly -- dancing, walking, hiking, yoga, etc. Daily meditation will help you stay aware and focused. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, ; street drugs. ...Read more

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How do you deal with the overwhelming terror of a cancer diagnosis with a bad prognosis?

How do you deal with the overwhelming terror of a cancer diagnosis with a bad prognosis?

Knowledge beats fear: Do you have a diagnosis, or are you afraid of getting one? What terrifies you - pain, weakness, dying, effects on loved ones, something else? Talk about your fears with someone who cares, and learn about what to expect in your situation. Ask docs & rns medical & procedure questions, therapist or spiritual leader - life questions, loved ones - personal questions. You don't have to face it alone! ...Read more

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How do you deal with the overwhelming terror of a cancer diagnosis?

How do you deal with the overwhelming terror of a cancer diagnosis?

Coping counseling: A former resident and associate in our practice who trained in psycho-oncology at memorial sloan-ketterling in ny wrote a great article for our website on coping with cancer: http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/psychologicalcopingcancer.Asp she now is in pratice in the s. Florida area. ...Read more

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What specifc therapy can be given to multi infarct stroke dementia patient, 67, to improve cognitive functions and part memory loss. Also need tips for the caregiver to understand the patients needs?

What specifc therapy can be given to multi infarct stroke dementia patient, 67, to improve cognitive functions and part memory loss. Also need tips for the caregiver to understand the patients needs?

Support groups: A support group for caregivers of dementia patients or alzheimer's patients can be very helpful. There you can find out from others what their troubles have been and what they have tried. The alzheimer's association or the alzheimer's foundation of america have good online websites with information that often applies to all types of dementia including multiinfarct or vascular dementia. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with loss of memory?

Do doctors see a lot of patients with loss of memory?

Yes: Primary care physician and neurologist are at the forefront of the battle against memory loss. Millions of people develop dementia each year. This gets only worse over time with the aging of the population. ...Read more

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How can you deal with the fatigue of atrial fibrillation?

How can you deal with the fatigue of atrial fibrillation?

Fatigue in AF: Maintaining a normal rhythm is usually the best for symptomatic af or keeping heart controlled if in af chronically. The medications used may cause similar side effects. Fatigue is the most common symptom in patients with af. It leads to less activity leading to deconditioning which is perceived as increased fatigue. Other options - different meds, cardioversion, or ablation. ...Read more

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What are the different behavior problems that can accompany hd and how can the person with hd and family members cope?

What are the different behavior problems that can accompany hd and how can the person with hd and family members cope?

It's difficult: Huntington's disease is a very horrible condition of the brain caused by an excess of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Someone with hd can become psychotic and lose touch with reality. Here is a website which may help: www.Hdsa.Org. You should also consider maybe seeking some counseling and therapy for the entire family. ...Read more

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How can I help a friend of mine deal with the after-effects of domestic abuse?

How can I help a friend of mine deal with the after-effects of domestic abuse?

Your friend: Your friend will need your emotional support and understanding through a difficult time. You could help encourage her to get the general medical and mental health support that she likely needs -- people in this situation often feel so ashamed, they hesitate to do this. You can help her locate safe houses if she has not done this already, and encourage her to seek legal/police protection too. ...Read more