Mental Health: Alzheimer’s Disease

A patient has been admitted to the mental health unit with a diagnosis of bi-polar disorder.
During a meeting the family inquires about the use of alternative therapies. Based on your
readings and knowledge discuss what the RN would teach the patient and family and
incorporate modalities, usefulness, effectiveness and how to increase compliance with
therapeutic modalities
Alzheimer’s is a condition that is increasing in incidence in our population. There is no
differential diagnosis so the start of the disease may go unnoticed. Once the manifestations
become more apparent it often places a tremendous strain on the caregiver. Caregiver role
strain is a nursing diagnosis that is frequently applied in the situation. Since patient
wandering and confusion are common for the patient with Alzheimer’s disease what would
the RN teach the family about maintaining a safe environment? Discuss the support
systems that are available to families

Mental Health: Alzheimer’s Disease

Memory loss is a critical manifestation of Alzheimer’s syndrome. The condition places
patient at the risk of harm from the environment. For instance, impaired memory would
predispose people to practices such as leaving their electrical appliances running and unattended.
Teaching care givers on approaches of protecting their patients would be a necessary health
management plan.
Registered nurses should teach families of Alzheimer’s patients to keep abreast with their
loved ones. Families should know their role on monitoring their patients so that they do not hurt
themselves when performing basic duties such as cooking and driving. Also, families would be
advised to promote the safety of their patients’ environment by installing appliances that can shut
automatically when left unattended (US National Institute of Health, 2010, Pg. 14). The nurses
would also advise patient families to limit the exposure of their loved ones to wandering as the
practice would place them at the dangers of getting lost or encountering accidents. Families
would do so by providing the needs that would motivate patients to wander.

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MENTAL HEALTH
Caring for Alzheimer’s disease patients is often challenging for families. It is therefore
necessary for them to seek support systems for the activity. Available support systems include
voluntary groups and friends who would offer to help for services such as cleaning and shopping
for the patients (Robinson, Wayne, & Segal, 2015). Healthcare professionals would also be of
substantial support as they would help families to monitor the progress of their patients. In
addition, families could exploit support systems such as workshops that train people on care
giving skills (Robinson, Wayne, & Segal, 2015). Other approaches include exploring online
materials and books that address the management of Alzheimer’s disease.

Reference

Robinson, L., Wayne, M., & Segal, J. (2015). Support for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers:
how to get the caregiving help you need. Helpguide.org.

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