Don't be afraid to brighten their mood
Instead, give them back their dignity by complimenting them. Even little compliments are lovely like “You have beautiful quilts in your room, Jenny.” This small compliment went a long way to brighten up a resident’s day. She hummed all through the afternoon.
Another aid jokingly comes into the room of a person with ADRD and gives her daily medications. He does so with a smile, a little hug, and always a joke. It’s almost like flirting. The patient loves the attention.