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3) Changed social behaviour and emotions

Using signs around the house: plug in a socket with the message on the post-it note Freezer switch – do not unplug

  • Changed social behaviour can be distressing for friends and relatives. The person may say or do inappropriate things without realising. It may help to explain this to close friends and family so they are not offended if this happens. Social situations involving strangers in public places can be more difficult to cope with. There maybe warning signs which trigger this behaviour. Look for body language signs such as change in expression from calm to anxious or agitated. Once you know what these warning signs are, maybe you can then be ready to divert attention to something else or leave the situation before it escalates or gets worse.
  • Unchecked emotions can be distressing for the person and those around them. Sudden crying, inappropriate laughing or angry outbursts. Usually these outbursts come and go quickly. If anger is the problem speak to a doctor about referral to psychology to get help for this. Psychology, anger management or cognitive behaviour therapy may help if the person still has some insight but limited control of their behaviour.
  • Lack of insight is often a high safety risk for the person being on their own. They may be unaware of everyday situations which involve risk or danger. Try to anticipate where safety may become a problem. Isolation switches on cookers, locks on cupboards and signs around the house may help.

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