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While psychosis can be associated to many types of behaviors, including hallucinations, delusions, and illusions, consider these general techniques for overall care tips. Try to:

  • Understand and acknowledge what the person may be experiencing. This can be challenging for a care partner but may help you gain a better grasp of the situation

  • Actively listen while staying calm and patient

  • Talk about the experiences. A conversation that is open and non-threatening may reduce the anxiety everyone is feeling

  • Not take anything personally. It is the disease talking and there is no reasoning you can offer to change that.

  • Be encouraging and supporting rather than argue or debate. Neither challenging nor reinforcing illogical ideas is helpful to the person with Parkinson's or their care partner.

  • Find neutral, simple things to talk about.

  • Show comfort rather than discredit or tell them they are wrong.

  • Be prepared. Know that situations are likely to trigger symptoms of psychosis and what the best remedy is for comforting the person you are caring for.

  • Educate others who are frequently around. Recognizing these behaviors can relieve fear and make caring for people easier.

  • Create a safe environment and make necessary adjustments to lighting, objects, and distractions.

  • Keep safety first. Having a plan to seek emergency help in case someone is confused, agitated, or aggressive will ensure everyone's safety.

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