Avoiding ‘Talking Traps’

Hello everyone, We came across this brief article last week and thought you might like to share it with staff and family members. It offers some simple tips to keep in mind when speaking with someone who has dementia, and includes examples of responses that can help the person feel they are being heard. Click […]

Holiday Gift Ideas

Hello everyone, It can be difficult for family and friends to come up with gift ideas for their loved ones who have dementia. Fortunately, DailyCaring.com has done the work for us! Below is a link to their website with a great list of gift ideas for people at various levels of cognitive ability. Please take […]

Tips for Family & Friends when Visiting

Hello everyone, With the holiday season here, your residents may have more visitors than usual from family and friends. Some visitors may be from out of town and therefore don’t often see their loved ones. If a resident’s level of cognitive impairment has decreased since they last saw them, visitors may feel unsure of what […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello everyone, Thanksgiving Day is almost here! Before we enjoy our fabulous feasts, it’s fun to work up those appetites with some morning exercise on turkey day! How about hosting a “Turkey Trot” at your community? Turkey trots have become very popular as a way to have fun with family and friends, and often raise […]

Person-centered Care Plans

Hello everyone, We have spent much time discussing care plans, and how to make them person-centered so that they can effectively guide care and help caregivers address challenging behaviors of residents. We know that many of you use electronic care plans that provide “pre-made” interventions to click off. This can be helpful, but be sure […]


Hello everyone, Timber Ridge in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania had a summer contest to recognize employees who used effective interventions to address behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. The big winner was Kathleen Hunter! Congratulations Kathleen! We’ve attached a photo of her receiving her award. Kathleen is a CNA on the 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. shift. One of […]

Addressing Behavioral Challenges

Hello everyone, The UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program has developed a set videos addressing common behavioral challenges for caregivers. The brief videos first show a “typical” approach by a caregiver, then some discussion by an expert, and then show the “preferred approach”  of the same scenario and a few more tips. The videos are free […]

Caring Hands Award

Hello everyone, Here’s a great opportunity to recognize one of your outstanding nursing assistants! The Cynthia D. Steele Caring Hands Award is awarded to a nursing assistant who demonstrates compassionate, creative, and/or exceptional care to older adults. It will be awarded at the 11th Annual Journey to Hope conference for caregivers on November 10th. Nominations […]