South Florida is experiencing a growing amount of Alzheimer’s patients. Along with that is a demand to properly train all public servants to deal with and assist patients when they encounter them. Educating paramedics and police officers will help support any confrontations or encounters with Alzheimer’s patients.
Firefighters, paramedics and police officers in Boca Raton are learning how to better work with Alzheimer’s patients in emergency situations. Experts explained people suffering with dementia present unique challenges to first responders. Often times, Alzheimer’s patients have trouble hearing and seeing and forget why they called 911 or that they are injured. Home healthcare professionals said it doesn’t take much for a dementia patient to become confrontational or violent, if approached incorrectly. Senior Helpers, a home healthcare provider, developed a training program to teach emergency responders how to better deal with those patients.
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