Tips: Dealing with Seniors Having Developmental Disabilities


When we know someone who is struggling with developmental disabilities, we want to help them. We want to reach out to them but we do not know how. We call for a caregiver to help us but we really do not know the nitty-gritty about it. Well, you do not have to worry about it now. We will give you some tips on how to handle your patient or loved one.

Here are some practical tips that we have gathered on how to be more efficient in taking care of your senior patients with developmental disability,

  • Tip 1: Make your own journal

    As caregivers, it is our imperative responsibility to assist our patients with their day-to-day activities. This includes assisting them with bathing and grooming, preparing their meals, and reminding them of their medication. We even have to do their groceries and other house works to make the job easier for them.

    However, when we deal with adults having special needs, it is our job to go the extra mile. For instance, our senior patients with developmental disability. We do not expect them to be efficient in doing their own daily activities, as well as their treatment procedures. In fact, these things highly depend on us. The best way to monitor our patients’ health and activities is to create our “health” journal.

    Through writing down our observations and taking note on the condition of our patients, we will be able to have an up-to-date information about them. This will greatly help us in talking to their doctor eventually.

  • Tip 2: Be sensitive to your patients’ moods

    Our patients’ mood is something that has to be taken care of when it comes to patients having developmental disabilities. These patients undergo a different level of stress and pain. It is not the normal pain that we feel when our head is aching or when some parts of our body are not functioning well. It is a natural reaction of the body when it is in pain, it stresses us both physically and mentally.

    As caregivers, we also have to take care of their mental health. We have to make sure that they are positive and optimistic. A positive mind can really help the body improve its function.

  • Tip 3: Talk to the doctor when necessary

    This is one of the most important tips to remember when handling patients with disabilities. We have to communicate with the doctor. In cases wherein there must be close monitoring with their specialist, a detailed and regular caregiver’s report can actually help a lot.

    When talking to your patients’ doctor, you may use the notes that you have jotted down in your journal. You discuss the patients’ reaction to their medication and if they are experiencing side effects from it. You can also discuss their daily routines and how you can improve it.

Indeed, taking care of seniors with developmental disabilities can be a crucial job. You do not just let them do things on their own. They need extra care and it is our job to fulfill them. If you know someone who is undergoing some difficulties with their health, let our caregivers at Bright Horizon Homes, a Developmental Disability Care Services in Kanabec Dr, Wasilla Alaska.

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