How to call someone who isn’t alive anymore

Are you enjoying my blog posts? Grab a free download of one chapter from my audiobook here and also receive any future helpful tips and posts right to your inbox! This post is inspired by a question I received the other day on my Facebook page about my podcast. (So many mediums to find me!)Continue reading “How to call someone who isn’t alive anymore”

Why is “no” the default answer?

Are you enjoying my blog posts? Grab a free download of one chapter from my audiobook here and also receive any future helpful tips and posts right to your inbox! When you work in dementia care, you become accustomed to hearing the word, “no.” “No, I don’t want a shower.” “No, thanks, I don’t wantContinue reading “Why is “no” the default answer?”

SOLVE their fear of water

Are you enjoying my blog posts? Grab a free download of one chapter from my audiobook here and also receive any future helpful tips and posts right to your inbox! I had a reader write in recently and ask me about her grandfather’s fear of water. Although it had started with the shower, the problem had migratedContinue reading “SOLVE their fear of water”

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

Are you enjoying my blog posts? Grab a free download of one chapter from my audiobook here and also receive any future helpful tips and posts right to your inbox! 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 timeContinue 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

Are you enjoying my blog posts? Grab a free download of one chapter from my audiobook here and also receive any future helpful tips and posts right to your inbox! “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 herContinue reading “HOW TO: 3 tips for keeping them engaged while you get other tasks done”

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