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 […]

Approaches to Address Apathy

Hello everyone, We’ve mentioned that apathy is a common challenge for people who have dementia, and is often overlooked because the person with apathy is not generally disruptive to staff or other residents. It is important to remember that apathy is different from depression, as a person who is apathetic is not necessarily sad, but […]

Wandering Worries

Hello everyone, Wandering is common for many people with dementia, and can sometimes be frustrating and nerve-wracking for caregivers. DailyCaring.com has an article about wandering this week. The article describes some reasons why people with Alzheimer’s disease might wander: Fear or stress: they might not recognize where they are, the environment is overstimulating, or a loud noise or […]

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 […]

Short Videos Provide Practical Tips for Staff

Hello everyone, As you continue to work with the “Champions” at your care communities, we encourage you to show them these brief videos from the Function Focused Care website: http://www.functionfocusedcare.org/videocoaching The six videos offer practical tips on how to engage residents with cognitive impairment and help them perform activities of daily living, which is when challenging […]

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 […]