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How do you remind a demented individual or make her understand the reasons for hygiene and safety precations?
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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine
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In brief: You can't
Dementia is a horrible illness which slowly (or rapidly) removes the victims ability to understand and communicate.
The best you can do is be supportive.

In brief: You can't
Dementia is a horrible illness which slowly (or rapidly) removes the victims ability to understand and communicate.
The best you can do is be supportive.
Dr. Michael Sinclair
Dr. Michael Sinclair
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In brief: Avoid judgement
Try to avoid asking the person with dementia why they didn't do something, instead focus on getting the task done.
If they haven't taken a shower don't ask why or try to explain the importance just say ok it's time to take a shower. Of course this doesn't always work but may help to build habits if you are consistent.

In brief: Avoid judgement
Try to avoid asking the person with dementia why they didn't do something, instead focus on getting the task done.
If they haven't taken a shower don't ask why or try to explain the importance just say ok it's time to take a shower. Of course this doesn't always work but may help to build habits if you are consistent.
Dr. Darren Gitelman
Dr. Darren Gitelman
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Dr. Randall Bock
find relevant relatives, friends, contacts or ancillary helpful staff. Ask patient if you can cross-contact some of these helpful people in the patient's life. If hygiene is bad, probably there are other issues at home, similarly gone to seed. All in all not a good or safe situation possibly, and others may need to intervene; sooner than later.
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