Step #6 showed us how we can creatively take money out of the equation so that it doesn’t become a roadblock to initiating care for someone with dementia. Our next step is all about prioritizing issues that need to be addressed with the person who has dementia and tackling just one problem at a time.
In Step #5, we explored the strategy of therapeutic storytelling, an approach that seeks to avoid agitation triggers by giving the person with dementia a plausible explanation for initiating care in their home. Another potential roadblock which can often halt our progress is concern about costs associated with care. We recommend taking money out of the equation so that we can keep the focus on bonding with the client from the very beginning.
In Step #4, we discussed the power of building upon one small thing that the client will accept help with so that we can gradually extend the length of our visits. We’ll now need to employ some degree of therapeutic storytelling, which is defined as the practice of deliberately deceiving a patient for reasons considered in their best interest.