How to Care for Someone With Dementia

When a loved one becomes diagnosed with dementia it’s a shock on the individual and their family. Often times, the management of the changes becomes the responsibility of the caregiver. Families must adjust their lifestyle, routines, and even the way they communicate. This requires an understanding of the abilities of their diagnosed family member. The number of changes can be overwhelming, especially at first. Below, we outline 3 different areas to focus on for a more thoughtful approach. 

 

Communication

Establishing productive communication with someone with dementia can be difficult at first. If you keep in mind these approaches you’ll have better luck.

During Verbal Communication

  • Use exact, brief, positive phrases
  • Speak slowly
  • Use a warm, genuine, adult tone of voice
  • Use words familiar to the individual
  • Ask for instructions
  • Ask one question at a time (wait 90 seconds until the next)
  • Eliminate distractions (e.g., radio on)
  • Use different forms of their...
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5 Tips to Helping Loved Ones with Dementia Enjoy the Holidays

A few years ago I wrote an article about the ‘5 tips to helping loved ones with dementia enjoy the holidays’ for Chicago’s Daily Herald.

This year I figured I’d do a reboot!

Spending time together as a family, especially around the holidays, is priceless. Yet, this can be a challenging season for individuals with Alzheimer's disease, or memory care needs, and their loved ones, but a little preparation can make a big difference! Here are 5 easy, hands-on techniques you can use to enjoy this holiday season together.

 

Tip #1

Bring a family pet along! This provides a wonderful connection to someone who may not always be able to fully communicate. Furry friends also assist as conversation starters. If a real-life pet is not an option, check out our Companion Pets.

 

Tip #2

During visits, provide your loved one with an object they can hold to reduce confusion and fear. This can rewire the brain to form new connections and helps ground the person in...

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How to Navigate the New Illinois Mandate Part 973 Alzheimer's Code

The mandate released earlier this year, by the Illinois Department of Public Health, is in full effectWe breakdown the new code that affects Home Health, Home Services, and Home Nursing agencies

The official code is in the Illinois Register under:

Title 77: Public Health

Chapter 1: Department of Public Health

Subchapter u: Miscellaneous Programs and Services

Part 973 Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Services Code

 

Is your organization prepared?  

The new mandate, Part 973 Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Service Code, requires that agencies have...

  • Staff trained in dementia care
  • Appointed an Alzheimer's Services Director
    • Trained in dementia care and ability centered care
  • Alzheimer's Services Director complete 8 hours of orientation training and 12 hours of CEUs annually thereafter
  • Staff complete 6 hours of orientation training in their 60 days and 3 hours annually thereafter

 

The Illinois...

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