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How can a senior with mild dementia safely use ointment for eye infection?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: With HELP

This an important area of concern; and will only get greater. Diminished capacity + powerful compounds is truly dangerous.
The caregiver should be the acting adult. Maintain dignity of your patient by clear explanation to both, after both have been invited into the exam room. Neither leave the pt. Out nor be less than complete as you say & write necessary info. On your stationery (4 contact, etc).

In brief: With HELP

This an important area of concern; and will only get greater. Diminished capacity + powerful compounds is truly dangerous.
The caregiver should be the acting adult. Maintain dignity of your patient by clear explanation to both, after both have been invited into the exam room. Neither leave the pt. Out nor be less than complete as you say & write necessary info. On your stationery (4 contact, etc).
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: They may

Need your help to apply the ointment.

In brief: They may

Need your help to apply the ointment.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Prompts if needed

Have them practice the proper use and demonstrate to you.
Check later to see if they still can remember how to do it. If they can't, using prompts might help. Try writing the directions out for them in large enough print that they can read it. If they are visually impaired, you may try recording the directions for them to play back to remind themselves.

In brief: Prompts if needed

Have them practice the proper use and demonstrate to you.
Check later to see if they still can remember how to do it. If they can't, using prompts might help. Try writing the directions out for them in large enough print that they can read it. If they are visually impaired, you may try recording the directions for them to play back to remind themselves.
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
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