One of the first lessons new recruits to aged care should learn is how to approach the aged care resident.
In our day-to-day lives outside of aged care, this is not something many of us give much thought to.
But in aged care, how the residents are approached requires sensitivity and thought.
The health conditions many residents live with, such as dementia, can cause some residents to become easily surprised or alarmed. They may feel more easily threatened, or they may have compromised spatial awareness.
It may be easy to startle a resident if they are not wearing their hearing aid.
For these reasons, the way residents are approached by care staff is vitally important.
If a resident is approached in the wrong way, they may fall, or they may even lash out and hit the person who has inadvertently startled them.
If you follow these tips, when you approach a resident in aged care you are less likely to cause them alarm, and the path to communication and helping them will be much easier.
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