Still Waters Wellness services were an integral component to a GDR program that needed to reduce the number of residents receiving anti-psychotic medications by over 20%. (As part of their goal to be in compliance with the CMS National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care, April 2014, Ref: 14-19-NH).
Our services brought greater levels of relaxation to those in the GDR program by retraining their parasympathetic nervous systems to respond with more calm and less agitation. The residents who were cognitively aware were able to learn some simple self-care tools to use when needed to address their own stress in the moment.
Case study: Mr. Parker, a resident with advanced stages of dementia, would continually scream out about his wallet missing, all day and sometimes through the night. During these episodes, he was in stark terror. In an effort to reassure Mr. Parker about the safety of his wallet, the facility made sure that he had several wallets available to him. This did not seem to reduce his outcries.
The facility put him on 24-hour one-on-one observation to see if they could determine what was triggering his outcries. After a week of observation, they couldn’t determine that there was any external trigger that was precipitating the outcry. And he was still experiencing stark, sudden terror multiple times a day, always centered around his wallet being stolen.
The family happened to mention that Mr. Parker had been mugged at gun-point many, many years ago and had his wallet stolen. This was the key piece of information! As people age, the limbic system’s ability to keep memories of traumatic events at bay seems to diminish. AND at this stage of dementia, Mr. Parker’s brain was fixated on this event.
Using the very simple Emotional Freedom Technique for about 10 minutes, helped his “fight or flight” center in his brain to resolve this recurring flashback, bringing him to sense of peace.
He has not cried out for his wallet since then.