2. Building Your Skills
This chapter will demonstrate and explore the five most common expressions of distress from low to high level of expression when someone is NOT living with dementia and then when someone IS living with dementia – including similarities and differences. This chapter will also use demonstration and discussion to compare and contrast two people who are participating and how each might appear and behave if they had some form and degree of dementia and they perceived they were being threatened, were trying to get an unmet need met, or were seeking something pleasurable or satisfying, given their profile. Demonstrations include the use of care routines and timing modification, environmental modification, caregiver communication, and care skill modification and responsiveness to reduce the risk of challenging situations.