Hi – I'm a cna at a nursing/rehab center with a few late-stage dementia patients on the long-term floor. unfortunately we don't have a dementia-specific unit. I was definitely trained to keep to the person's own reality, and all the kind tricks and distractions, and usually they work. Yesterday one woman, L, had a terrible day. many aides/nurses but she refused any cajoling into the bathroom for over 10 hours, even when it was clear she had wet herself. To prevent an infection the nurse (cont)

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Rachael Wonderlin has a Master’s in Gerontology and is the author of two published books with Johns Hopkins University Press. She owns Dementia By Day, a dementia care consulting company.

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