Try to UNDERSTAND and acknowledge what the person may be experiencing. This can be challenging for a caregiver but may help you gain a better grasp of the situation.
Try to actively LISTEN while staying calm and patient.
Try to TALK about the experiences. A conversation that is open and non-threatening may reduce the anxiety everyone is feeling.
Try not to take it personally. It is the disease talking and there is no reasoning you can offer to change that.
Try to be encouraging and SUPPORTIVE rather than argue or debate. Neither challenging nor reinforcing illogical ideas is helpful to the person with Parkinson’s or their caregiver.
Try to find neutral, simple things to talk about.
Try to show COMFORT rather than discredit or tell them they are wrong.
Try to be PREPARED. Know what situations are likely to trigger symptoms of psychosis and what the best remedy is for comforting the person you are caring for.
Try to EDUCATE others who are frequently around. Recognizing these behaviors can relieve fear and make caring for people easier.
Try to create a safe ENVIRONMENT and make necessary adjustments to lighting, objects and distractions.
Try to keep SAFETY first. Having a plan to seek emergency help in case someone is confused, agitated or aggressive will ensure everyone’s safety
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