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Positive Peer Re-Enforcement

Positive Peer Re-Enforcement

I have a resident that is so soft spoken it is almost impossible to understand what she is saying. In the past when she spoke it was completely undistinguishable.  Even speech therapy had stopped working with her. However, her roommate is very patient with her.  She coaxes and encourages her to speak in a manner that is kind and caring. Lately, I’ve noticed that this sweet lady is speaking more distinctly and louder. It’s amazing what a little encouragement and…

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Breaking the Ice with Dementia

Breaking the Ice with Dementia

I have several patients that most staff and visitors are scared to approach.  This is mainly due to their disability or behavior. However, I’ve determined to get to know these residents and spend time with them. So what have I learned? What are some ways to break the ice with dementia patients? This takes time Slowly, but surely we both warm to one another Touch shows I care Music is a great way to break the ice Even short visits…

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Power of Touch

Power of Touch

I have several residents that are difficult to reach and many people don’t even try to get to know them.  I feel as if they are the ones missing out. One way to reach out to a bed bound, hard of hearing or comatose patient is through the power of touch. Just a hand on their arm a squeeze of the hand a hand massage a stroke of their upper arm a pat of their foot These are all ways…

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Alzheimer’s Perception of Situation

Alzheimer’s Perception of Situation

We have a resident that is well over 100 years of age.  Although she has dementia, she also has lucid moments.  Recently, I stopped in to visit with her and had a conversation we’d never had before. Me: “How are you?” Her: “I’m sad.” Me: “Why are you sad?” Her: “Someone was talking about me.” Me: “What did they say?” Her: “I don’t know but I didn’t like it.” This was a reminder that even when we think an individual…

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World Alzheimer’s Day

World Alzheimer’s Day

Today is World Alzheimer’s Day. September 21st, is the date chosen by the Alzheimer’s organizations, to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. According to Alzinfo.org, someone develops Alzheimer’s every 68 seconds. With Alzheimer’s, family members slowly watch their loved one die again and again.  With each stage comes more loss of memory and motor skills. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve witness pain cross an individual’s face because their parent did not remember them. Alzheimer’s disease is…

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3 Everyday Lessons for an Alzheimer’s Caregiver by Kathleen Brown

3 Everyday Lessons for an Alzheimer’s Caregiver by Kathleen Brown

Today, I am thrilled to welcome Kathleen Brown to Caregiving Monday.  She is going to share lessons she has learned from being an Alzheimer’s Caregiver.  This seemed very apropos today, because Wednesday is World Alzheimer’s Day.  Welcome, Kathleen!   3 Everyday Lessons for an Alzheimer’s Caregiver by Kathleen Brown I discovered Mom had Alzheimer’s during a September trip. September. Its flower is the forget-me-not; its gemstone, the sapphire. Sapphires were once associated with clear thinking. As I began caring for…

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Alzheimer’s Patients Don’t Like to Be Alone

Alzheimer’s Patients Don’t Like to Be Alone

While working with dementia and Alzheimer’s patients over the years, I’ve noticed most of them don’t like to be alone.  This could be because of the confusion the disease creates. Sometimes the disease demands they are not alone because of their actions, also. However, some of the reasons I’ve noticed this are: Need reassurance not alone Need reassurance someone cares about them and loves them Need guidance to know what’s next Need comforting when they are confused What reasons have…

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