Detecting Delirium

Hello everyone, Dementia and old age are the strongest risk factors for delirium, a condition of acute confusion and rapid changes in brain function. It is important to distinguish delirium from behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, as delirium is a medical emergency that should be addressed immediately by the healthcare team. Delirium typically involves […]

Integrating Trauma Informed Care

Hello everyone, As you know, a new regulation by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) about trauma informed care will go into effect on November 28th of this year, requiring skilled nursing facilities that receive federal funding to “ensure that residents who are trauma survivors receive culturally competent, trauma-informed care” with the goal […]

New activity ideas for people with dementia

Hello everyone, If you’re looking for some new activities to do with your residents who have more moderate to severe dementia, here are some good ideas recently shared by DailyCaring.com. We especially like the one with popsicle sticks and Velcro! Help your residents express themselves and be creative: https://dailycaring.com/4-busy-bag-activities-for-seniors-with-dementia/?utm_source=DailyCaring&utm_campaign=2650c2e937-DC_Email_2019-07-15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_57c250b62e-2650c2e937-123152321 Have a great week!

Therapeutic Fibbing

Hello everyone, Since we were children, we’ve been taught not to lie to people. But sometimes there are exceptions to this rule. One of them is when we are working with a person who has dementia. In some cases, telling “white lies” helps them to preserve their dignity, allay their fears, and make them feel […]

What To Do When Nothing Else Works

Hello everyone, You’ve tried distractions, music, walking, going outside, changing caregivers and adjusting schedules. Nothing seems to work with this resident who consistently has challenging behaviors related to dementia. Some caregivers may even tell you that they can’t handle the person anymore. What do you do? The answer may just be—YOU. You may be the […]

Family Members Can Benefit from Your Expertise

Hello everyone, You and your staff have lots of experience working with people with dementia—probably hundreds of years collectively if you add up everyone’s time!—and have learned ways to communicate with them effectively and therapeutically.  Sometimes, though, we assume that the family and friends of our residents have the same intuitive response and knowledge when […]