Essay on Dementia and Communication
In this report, I will discuss Picks, a brain disease that affects communication for the client, their family, and the healthcare assistant. Picks disease has five distinguishing features. I did all of my research on the internet and found all of the sites extremely helpful.
The act of roaming.
Normal controls have been lost.
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Picks disease is a rare form of dementia. It accounts for 15% of all dementia cases. It is an extremely rare disease. The human brain is the most complicated organ in our bodies. In frontal temporal dementia, nerves at the front and sides of the brain are destroyed due to a protein build-up. Nobody knows why the protein build-up occurs, but it does. Picks primarily affects adults aged 40 to 60, with a few cases of children. Picks is only 20 years old and is suffering from a disease that is more common in women than men. Picks is difficult to identify and is sometimes misdiagnosed as depression.
Picks symptoms include muscle rigidity, difficulty moving around, incontinence, and memory loss.
Personality changes; Because Picks is a slowly progressive disease, there will be many behavioral changes such as inappropriate behavior, difficulty speaking, loss of memory and intellectual abilities, poor judgment, overeating and drinking, and a lack of hygiene. Emotional signs would include mood swings, a lack of empathy, impatience, aggression, and a lack of attention span; language skills would deteriorate quickly, as would difficulty speaking and understanding, as well as a decreased ability to read and write.
Picks sufferers, like any dementia sufferer, have a need to roam about; they don’t seem to like doors or closed in spaces, so someone must always be with them; they cannot be left alone in case of injuries or the client putting themselves in danger.
Loss of normal controls; the client does not have control over how much food or drink he or she consumes. Hypersexuality affects anyone who has had a brain injury or suffers from some form of dementia; it is where the client has no sexual urges or is extremely sexual.
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All of these signs, behavioral, emotional, and physical, can be extremely stressful for the client’s family, especially if they are unfamiliar with the diseases.
The household Caring for a loved one with Picks disease: When you have a loved one with a dementia disease like Picks, you want to do everything in your power to do the right thing for them. When you and your family take on the responsibility of caring for your loved one, you are looking at around-the-clock care, which will be difficult mentally and physically. Your dealing with major personality changes mood swings, rudeness, impatience, aggression, incontinence all these things you never had to deal with before this not just upheaves the clients life but yours your family friends your work plans basically you and your loved ones life plans and this alone can be very stressful. Always get as much information about the diseases as you can from your doctor, specialists, and support groups on the internet, and never ever refuse help from your family and friends. Remember, no one is an island, and we all need help.
“Accept the conditions and changes in your relationship with your loved one; it will become easier after that.” Anonymous.
The Picks disease patient;
Picks is difficult to diagnose; it has some of the symptoms of depression, such as mood swings, lack of attention span, lack of hygiene over eating or not eating properly.
When attempting to communicate, the client’s loss of speech and understanding can be very upsetting, leading to aggression, impatience, and frustration. It is critical that the client receives as much assistance as possible, including speech therapy and plenty of exercise, while maintaining their dignity. Some examples of this would be to always make eye contact, make sure the client can hear and see you, and always tell them who you are and what will be happening. You may need to repeat this many times. It is critical to seek assistance as soon as possible because it can make a difference with speech. There are memory exercises that can be very beneficial, as well as flash cards that can be used for when the client’s speech becomes difficult. Simple pictures of the toilet, drink, eat, and I’m tired can help with communications and ease some of the frustration for all family and caregivers. Clients should never be afraid to ask for assistance.
The Picks client and the Healthcare assistant;
As a healthcare provider, you must always be attentive to the client’s physical and emotional changes, as well as their demeanor when visitors arrive or if you suspect something is wrong with your client.
Gain their attention by making eye contact and ensuring that your client can see and hear you at all times. Always sit at the same level and use names when speaking to keep their attention.
Speak slowly, clearly, and calmly. Use appropriate tones and pause between sentences to allow your client to respond to your question.
When family members and visitors call, tell them who they are by name, especially if they are unfamiliar with them, such as a new doctor or a new staff member.
Listening to your client is critical. Remove all background noise such as TV, radio, and other people’s conversations. If your client is having trouble finding words or finishing what they want to say, try to find ways for them to explain. This is where flashcards come in handy.
When your client’s speech becomes difficult to understand, use what you know about them to get a sense of what they are trying to tell you, but always double-check to ensure that this is what they are looking for. Always include your client in decision making, offer them options, and use questions that can be answered with a yes or no or a simple nod of the head. No slang or abbreviations; they may not understand what you are saying, causing frustration for your client.
Communication is a major factor for the client, his family, and the healthcare assistant. It would be extremely beneficial to the client if you suggested to the family that they take a communication course. This would help them cope better with their loved one and understand how to communicate properly, which would be extremely helpful in dealing with a person who has a brain disease.
“There is no one way to care for a person with dementia; everyone is different; do your best,” anonymous.
Conclusion; In this report, I have explained what Picks is; it is a front temporal dementia in which nerves in the front and sides of the brain are destroyed due to a build-up of protein; it is a less common form of dementia that affects women more than men; it occurs between the ages of 40 and 50, and in rare cases, it can occur as young as twenty.
Picks causes personality changes, inappropriate behavior, speech difficulties, memory loss, and intellectual abilities to deteriorate. Picks is a disease that worsens over time.
Communication skills, observation, and listening are essential for both the family and the healthcare assistant. Speak slowly, clearly, and calmly, pause after asking a question, and wait for an answer, make eye contact, make sure you can be seen and heard, sit at the same level, use your name when talking, and always maintain the client’s sense of identity and dignity.
How to Live with Picks Dealing with a family member who has it and caring for someone with a brain disease is difficult for everyone, but catching it early and learning coping and communication skills can be extremely beneficial to the client family and healthcare assistant.