Breaking Down Language Barriers

Hello everyone, If you’ve ever traveled to a foreign country where you don’t speak the language, you know how difficult it can be to get directions to a museum or order a meal.  Imagine how frightening and depressing it would if everyone around you spoke a different language, but instead of being on vacation, you […]

Wisdom from Experienced GNAs

Hello everyone, A good rule to follow when teaching (especially when time is limited) is to first determine what your audience already knows. This way, you can meet them where they are and not only save time, but clarify misinformation and learn what to focus on and expand upon. As one of the nurse facilitators […]

Success Stories on Managing Apathy

Hello everyone, A few weeks ago, we asked you to share some of your strategies for helping residents with apathy become more involved in activities. Gina Gentilini-Borzilleri, the Activities Director at Lorien Elkridge in Maryland, sent us a few wonderful examples of things she has tried with residents where she’s has had success! We thought we’d […]

Does One Hand Know What the Other is Doing?

Hello everyone, Last week we highlighted the importance of communication between caregiving staff and people with dementia. We are also learning about another challenge you face: improving communication between your nursing assistants. While nurses have a change of shift report to update the incoming nursing staff about medical issues with residents, CNAs rarely have the […]

Pay Attention to Apathy

Hello everyone, “The squeaky wheel gets the oil” is a well-known proverb. In terms of challenging behaviors, the man running down the hall naked or the woman crying loudly at lunch generally get our attention more quickly than the quiet lady in room 101 who likes to keep to herself and “isn’t any trouble.” In […]

The Power of Positivity

Hello everyone, This week, we invite you to read an article written by one of our colleagues, Nina Flanagan, PhD, GNP-BC, APMH-BC. It recently appeared on the website, caringfortheages.com. The article is about the Power of Positivity—something it helps to be reminded of during stressful days at work! Take a look and try some of the simple suggestions […]

Are Your Halls Dull?

Hello everyone, This week, we’d like you to think about the environment in your facility and how it may influence behavior and/or encourage or discourage physical activity among your residents. Remember, if we can help residents stay engaged in pleasant ways, then they may be less likely to become anxious, depressed or agitated. They may also […]

It’s Funny, Because It’s True!

Hello everyone, This week we thought you’d like this for a chuckle. To quote Sheldon Cooper from the television show, The Big Bang Theory, “It’s funny… because it’s true.” Growing up is a weird notion to wrap your mind around. As you go through life, your perspectives on almost everything will change. How you define success […]