I was wondering abt how you would suggest a caretaker should handle someone w dementia who makes lewd comments/gestures or gropes other residents/ caretakers. I love how clearly you respect everyone you work with and I know that simply telling a person w dementia isn’t necessarily going to work. Thank you for your time 😀

You can still make it clear that the touching or comments are unwanted. Saying something like, “I’m uncomfortable, please stop touching me,” or, “She is uncomfortable that you are saying those things to her, please stop,” is warranted. The other thing that we need to look at is when are these behaviors happening, how often, and around who. We may be able to change some of those things, and we may also be able to adjust someone’s medication. Some medications can make people more sexually disinhibited or more sexually inclined, even if these are just side effects.

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