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 […]

Activity Suggestions from the National Institute on Aging

Hello everyone, The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has some good tips on how adapt activities for people with Alzheimer’s disease so they can enjoy them too. Household chores like baking, doing dishes and folding laundry can provide a sense of familiarity and calm. The article also gives great suggestions that your residents’ family members […]

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 […]

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 […]

Focus on Families

Hello Everyone, Educating family members of your residents about your efforts to reduce the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia through person centered behavioral approaches is critical. Family members can support staff and be a useful resource when exploring their loved ones’ preferences and determining what may motivate a resident to participate in his/her own […]

Educating family members on person-centered care

Educating family members of your residents about your efforts to reduce the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia through person-centered behavioral approaches is critical. Family members can support staff and be a useful resource when determining what may motivate a resident to participate in his/her own care and engage in activity, and thereby decrease agitation, […]