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 […]