Wild and Crazy Patients... Here's a new and inventive thereapy...

  1. Do you have patients that like to fight, scream and yell all day long?
    What do you do?
    Give them a pill... I think NOT!
    There's far better method of treatment...
    All it takes in one trip to Walmart and you'll know what I mean...
    I call my method of dealing with these patients fig newton therapy!
    Also there's spiced gum drop and little debbie cake therapy!
    Oh and this therapy works really well with patients with no teeth and it's good for them!
    There's also Hug therapy which usually goes along with all the above mentioned methods of therapy...
    I say screw the pill and give them a fig newton, it works wonders!
    How about the rest of you... Anyone else got any special kind of therapy that works?
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   cactus wren
    Good old back rub therapy with scented lotions...esp. like lavender or peppermint.....calms the soul...kept them in my locker for special patiemts...
  4. by   bagladyrn
    Once years ago while working in psych, during the dog days of summer, when everyone's temper was short (old psych hospital, no AC), we took everyone, staff and patients alike, out into the yard, handed out buckets full of prefilled water balloon, and had a wonderful time releasing all those aggressions and cooling off at the same time!
  5. by   RN always
    Usually all they need is some extra attention but it can be hard when we are all so busy. Sometimes on our floor we just put them in a reclining chair and set them out next to the nurses station and every nurse makes an effort to say hi or a few words as they walk by. Sounds simple and it's been used for a long time but it really does work.

    I do like the idea of the fig newtons, but I would end up eating them all!
  6. by   psychonurse
    Awwwww where I work I would get in trouble for doing something theraputic for the patients but when it gets really stressful at work we have these fish that we throw at each other and it helps relieve the tension. Every once in a while when I am the only one that is under stress I take a mental health walk. It really helps a lot.
  7. by   ktwlpn
    Originally posted by MamaJudy
    Do you have patients that like to fight, scream and yell all day long?
    What do you do?
    Give them a pill... I think NOT!
    There's far better method of treatment...
    All it takes in one trip to Walmart and you'll know what I mean...
    I call my method of dealing with these patients fig newton therapy!
    Also there's spiced gum drop and little debbie cake therapy!
    Oh and this therapy works really well with patients with no teeth and it's good for them!
    There's also Hug therapy which usually goes along with all the above mentioned methods of therapy...
    I say screw the pill and give them a fig newton, it works wonders!
    How about the rest of you... Anyone else got any special kind of therapy that works?
    Treats are great-all of our patients (LTC secure unit) gain at least 10lbs in the first 6 months.Pass the cookies and chocolates and chips and juice...Our ladies love to have their hair and nails done-sometimes just brushing some one's hair and putting on a little lipstick can redirect them just enough...I have a few friends that respond well to washing their hands-and then I rub some nice scented lotion in for them...We have a great new audio system and lots of Glenn Miller,Frank Sinatra etc-they do enjoy age appropriate music(not TOO loud) I would like to replace the meds on my cart with food and make up...No more PILLS!!! And I love hugs,too....
  8. by   researchrabbit
    have been self-medicating with fig newtons & stuff for past six years...and um...there IS a downside!
  9. by   dianah
    You're not referring to 1HonoraryNurse's behavior, are you??? <g> Joey, help MamaJudy out, here!! What do you suggest???
  10. by   MamaJudy
    Oh Joey can atest to the fig newton therapy on his went a little farther...
    he got up too early, too grumpy and MamaJudy made him sit at the nurses station and eat fig newtons and Peanut Brittle for breakfast! And when he finished he had a big smile on his face the rest of the day! He was sure moving fast from that sugar high! LOL
    Oh not only do we believe in getting rid of those pills but get rid of those institutional scrambled eggs too! Yuck!
  11. by   adrienurse
    Ahhhhhh. You may be on to something there Mama!

    Seriously there are 2 things that meds are not useful for when it comes to the elderly who are agitated. These are wandering and rummaging and calling out behaviour. Thanks god there are nurses like you who use their initiative to make the poor folks feel loved. Just so happens I am reading 2 books on the subject at present (for my own entertainment and pleasure).

    1) O' Donnel, M., Molloy, D. W. & Rabheru, K. (2001) Dysfunctional Behavior in Dementia: A clinician's guide. Newgrange press.

    2) Kaplan, M. & Hoffman, S. B. (1998). Behaviors in Dementia: Best practices for successful management. Baltimore: Health Professions Press.
  12. by   duckie
    Hugs and smiles work much better than many meds do, BUT then there's always that ONE exception to the rule that brings to mind super glue and duck tape.....wait, did I say that out loud??? OOP's! Sorry MaMa, I'll be good now BUT you KNOW I'm right!!!!
  13. by   mark_LD_RN
    Pillow therapy is always an option. just kidding
  14. by   duckie
    :chuckle :roll :roll :roll :chuckle

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