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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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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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Caregiver Ten Commandments

Caregiver Ten Commandments

I came across these Ten Commandments for Caregivers online.  The author is listed as unknown.  However, I felt that it was important to share with you dear readers. Caregiver Ten Commandments –Unknown I       Thou Shalt not be perfect or even try to be. II     Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people III    Thou shalt sometimes leave things undone IV    Thou shalt not spread thyself too thin V     Thou shalt learn to say “NO” VI   …

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7 Ways to find Caregiving Help without Breaking the Bank

7 Ways to find Caregiving Help without Breaking the Bank

Caregiving can be exhausting and we all need a break.  There is no way a person can be a caregiver 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 365 days.  If so they will become very isolated and depressed. But, when you live on a budget, where do you find caregivers to help without breaking the bank? Siblings—ask your siblings to step up to the plate and help out. Every family is different and depending on how many siblings…

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7 Ways to Get a Break from Caregiving

7 Ways to Get a Break from Caregiving

As a caregiver, often one can feel isolated and cut off from society.  You discover you need time for yourself and a break from caregiving. So what are some ways to reconnect with society and friends while also helping yourself? Go out to lunch or a cup of coffee with a friend—having time with a friend is much needed and is a great break from your duties, as well as catching up with others. Have a shopping date with a…

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