Improved morning care for Alzheimer's patient

Improved morning care for Alzheimer's patient

A client with severe Alzheimer's, who was previously moved and handled with manual aids, has gained more energy for daily activities after getting a VENDLET system. At the same time, the working environment has improved.

1. May 2019

By: Alzheimer's Therapist Heidi Tomkins

I work as an Alzheimer's Therapist. My primary role is to be the one that assesses the needs and abilities of clients with Alzheimer's in nursing homes, residential care etc. Most often I meet clients that are in a bad state and where the staff is having difficulties with managing their care. 

There is one particular case with a client that had severe Alzheimer's that I would like to share. 
Upon request from the staff, I went to consult on the client's situation. They were particularly having trouble making the client cooperate during morning care in bed. 

Together with a Physiotherapist at the location, I went in to observe the situation. The Physiotherapist focused on caregiver's workplace health and safety, and I focused on the use of the citizen's cognitive resources. 

After approx. 20 minutes, the staff had not managed to finish the morning care, and the client began to respond verbally and physically and was eventually crying. Afterwards, we sat down together to find the right solution.

The staff needed a solution that could improve the working environment, and the client needed to preserve his cognitive resources for other activities during the rest of the day and needed quiet and peaceful morning care without too much talk.

We came to the conclusion, that the VENDLET patient turning system would be the best solution for improving on both issues. VENDLET was implemented with the result that morning care became more structured with a focus on establishing a good connection between the client and staff with minimal physical and mental stimuli of the client. At the same time, workplace health and safety was significantly improved.