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Judgment | Management Strategies

  1. If the person you care for often puts their safety at risk because of poor judgment, you may want to take some basic safety precautions. You could install bells on the doors, or safety switches on the stove to protect the person you care for from harm.

  2. Discuss the situation and all the possible outcomes, with the person you care for and then let them make the judgment call. They may be able to make a safer judgment when they are informed of potential consequences of their decisions.

  3. A person who is unable to make good judgments about money is vulnerable to all kinds of requests for money (e.g. donations, sweepstakes, dishonest service contractors). The more you can filter out legitimate requests from illegitimate requests, the safer the person you care for will be.

  4. If the person you care for uses poor judgment when handling money, it may be a good idea to cancel their credit cards to avoid irrational purchases, loss or theft. Also, it may be helpful to limit the cash on hand or limit bank withdrawals to prevent them from giving money to strangers or solicitors.

  5. If you see that the person you care for has used poor judgment in a particular situation in the past, try to take precautions to minimize the number of times that this happens again. For example, if they always leave the house poorly dressed for the weather, leave a coat or an umbrella by the door to remind them to bring these items along. If you are there at the time, remind them of the weather. Use statements such as "It is cold out and you could get sick."

See Also:
Symptom Library > Thinking & Judgment > Unsafe Actions
Symptom Library > Thinking & Judgment > Decision Making
Symptom Library > Everyday Activities > Financial Management
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