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Sharon 3rd Jun 2022 Siteaide
I have a senior that I have constantly explain the rules of this facility. He is wearing the same shirt everyday as a jacket. I have even pull him to the side and talk to him about the odor. He need this program. I have tried calling his emergency contact. No answer. What do you think
I need to do in order for him to get the help that he so desperately need? How do I get him
to understand that he need to wash his clothes?
Susan 3rd Jun 2022 Activity Director
Hi Sharon
This is a difficult and tricky problem
What type of facility do you work in
I assume this gentleman come to your place
I would think your facility has some kind of social worker that could also talk to this man
They are more equipped to handle this type of problem
Unfortunately he probably needs a home visit because if this is the way he presents himself every day then I am thinking that his home is not in great shape either
Let me know what kind of support you have to helyyou
Elisha 9th Jun 2022
Hi Sharon,
What sort of facility do you work in? Are there caretakers on staff who can assist this gentleman with ADL's? If not, I would try a different approach. I find with folks of this population explaining things as "rules" comes off as a harsh approach, whether you mean for it or not. It could be that this gentleman simply thinks you are trying to boss him around, and therefore may actually become increasingly resistant and agitated.
Try addressing the issue from a different angle, something like "what a nice shirt! I notice there's a little stain on the back there. I'd be happy to wash it for you and get that stain right out. Let's go get changed so we can get the shirt looking extra nice" or something like that. Don't play it off as him following the rules, play it off as you doing him a favor and he is much more likely to be compliant.
Susan 10th Jun 2022 Activity Director
Hi Elisha
These ideas sound good
I suspect you are a great life enrichment director
Thank you for suggesting them
Sharon 1st Jul 2022
Thank you so much for your input. Yes ma'am I am a senior manager. I will try
your suggestion and pray that it works.

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