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27 Jul 2016
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By Jean Shapcott
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Chapter 7 discussion: Interpreting behaviour

Chapter 7 discussion: Interpreting behaviour

Take a look at the comments below, all of which were made by nurses:

'Sometimes I wonder, what are the meanings of their postures or behaviour?'

'Sometimes I said to myself 'Oh my goodness, what does this mean?!' I really had no idea what they meant when they tried to express themselves.'

'I don't understand what he means, don't know what he needs. He makes some noise, but I cannot help him' (this patient has end stage Alzheimers Disease).

'He says he has a stomache ache every day! After a while he says he has no pain at all and another area hurts! We are confused!' (this patient has late stage Alzheimers Disease).

'No matter what I said to him, he wouldn't stop his behaviour, he just wandered around and continuously made noise' (this patient has end stage Alzheimers Disease).

Have you heard this type of statement made by healthcare professionals when caring for service users with reduced capacity? Under what circumstances was it said? How did you feel when you heard such comments?