Is that “behavior” worth worrying about?

I often meet people who tell me about their loved one’s “behaviors” and ask how to “fix them.” My first question is this: Is that behavior worth worrying about? Let’s take a few examples and decide which ones we should be worried about finding solutions for. They’ve begun to urinate in the house plants, thinkingContinue reading “Is that “behavior” worth worrying about?”

The 10 most important things about dementia caregiving

Communicating with people living with dementia can be challenging. Understand that their world may be different from our world, and that’s okay. We want to EMBRACE THEIR REALITY rather than trying to convince them of things that are true in our reality. Just because their reality is a different shape, it doesn’t make it wrong.Continue reading “The 10 most important things about dementia caregiving”

Don’t ask if they “remember your name”

If I can, I always opt to ditch my name tag in a dementia care environment. I let my friends with dementia decide what my name is: I’ve been Susan, Gwendolyn, and various peoples’ kids. I’ve been so many identities to my residents, too: a coworker, a boss, a student, a sibling, a friend fromContinue reading “Don’t ask if they “remember your name””

The BEST communication tip I have

Here it is, the best dementia care communication tip I have for you. Although I’ve been using it (and tweaking it) for a long time now, I didn’t really “name” it until very recently. Ellen had a problem. “Dad wants to go out walking around the neighborhood, like he used to do…but he’s so confused!Continue reading “The BEST communication tip I have”

How one woman got her husband to agree to attend adult day care

She knew that she’d have a hard time getting her husband, Ben, into adult day care. Ben loved working, and now that he was retired and had dementia, he still liked to find projects to do. Convincing him that he could benefit from adult day care certainly wasn’t going to work (and doing this withContinue reading “How one woman got her husband to agree to attend adult day care”

HOW TO: 3 tips for keeping them engaged while you get other tasks done

“It sounds bad, but I can’t get anything done with my wife around,” Walter sighed. “She wants to ‘help,’ but I end up having to re-do her task or just stand over her shoulder the whole time, helping her do whatever it is.” I’ve heard this story many, many times over. You want your loved one withContinue reading “HOW TO: 3 tips for keeping them engaged while you get other tasks done”

Comcast wants to control what you do online. Do you want to let them?

I try not to get involved in politics on my blog and in my business (although it’s really hard in this day and age, honestly) but this “Battle for the Net” issue WILL affect my business. I reach you and many other caregivers all over the world, and that’s because the Internet is accessible. What theContinue reading “Comcast wants to control what you do online. Do you want to let them?”

Hospital Kindness Cart

Memorable Pets is my favorite company to work with. I’m currently working in my third community, and this is also the third community where I’ve brought Memorable Pets to work. (See example below) My residents love playing with and cuddling the Pets. Currently, Memorable Pets are being featured in a Connecticut hospital. This is aContinue reading “Hospital Kindness Cart”

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