THINK PEACE Method
How Our Caregiver Agency Can Help Your Loved One
When a loved one living with dementia displays an inappropriate behaviour, they are most likely trying to tell you that something isn’t quite right; your loved one may be hungry, in pain, or tired. Caregivers can use the “THINK PEACE” method to identify the basic needs of their loved one that may need to be addressed when behavioural issues arise.
An organized, predictable environment helps relieve anxiety commonly known to trigger behaviour issues in the person living with memory impairment. A daily activity structure should be planned to help your family member better understand and relate to their environment, so when inappropriate behaviours arise (paranoia, false ideas, catastrophic reactions, etc.), you’ll know to investigate.
The “THINK PEACE” method is an acronym for caregivers to determine a loved one’s needs:
- Toilet: Your loved one may need to void but does not know where to go.
- Hunger: Your loved one may feel hungry or thirsty and is, in turn, frustrated.
- Incontinence: This will cause your loved one discomfort, pain, and embarrassment.
- Noise level: Is the environment too loud? Are too many people talking at once?
- Know: It’s important to keep in mind things about your loved one’s past, as they’re still the person you once knew.
- Pain: This can often be a problem. Simple things like shoes being too tight, a headache, or arthritis aches can be an issue for people having difficulty expressing their needs.
- Environment: Is it too cold, too bright, too dark, too messy? Your loved one may respond drastically to such changes.
- Activity: Your loved one needs to be engaged throughout the day and evening. Boredom means behaviours.
- Crowded: Are there too many people in one room? Your loved one may become anxious when in a crowded environment.
- Exhausted: Your loved one may need to lie down and rest.
Contact Homewatch CareGivers® today to learn more about how the “THINK PEACE” method can benefit you and your loved one.