People with cognitive impairment may require both drug treatment and other types of support. Ideally, a team approach integrating the services of physicians, nurses, other healthcare professionals, social workers, and community organizations may improve medical and behavioral outcomes for both the patient and caregiver.(1,2)
Develop a Management Plan
Communicate with the Patient and Caregiver
For tips on communicating with older patients with cognitive impairment, see Talking with Older Patients About Cognitive Problems. For example, to gain the patient’s attention, sit in front of him or her and maintain eye contact. Present one question, instruction, or statement at a time. Write down important information, especially resources.
Source: National Institutes of Health