- Moving to a new residence or nursing home
- Changes in environment, such as travel, hospitalization or the presence of houseguests
- Changes in caregiver arrangements
- Misperceived threats
- Fear and fatigue resulting from trying to make sense out of a confusing world
- Create a calm environment.
Remove stressors. This may involve moving the person to a safer or quieter place, or offering a security object, rest or privacy. Try soothing rituals and limiting caffeine use.
- Avoid environmental triggers.
Noise, glare and background distraction (such as having the television on) can act as triggers.
- Monitor personal comfort.
Check for pain, hunger, thirst, constipation, full bladder, fatigue, infections and skin irritation. Make sure the room is at a comfortable temperature. Be sensitive to fears, misperceived threats and frustration with expressing what is wanted.
- Simplify tasks and routines.
- Provide an opportunity for exercise.
Go for a walk. Garden together. Put on music and dance or paint or draw.
- · The human being is an open energy system composed of layers of energy that are in constant interaction with self, others, and the environment.
- · Illness is an imbalance in an individual's energy field.
- · Clearing or balancing the energy field promotes health.
- · All humans have natural abilities to heal and enhance the healing in others.
- Relieve pain
- Reduce stress
- Enhance physical performance
- Improve general wellbeing
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