Author Archives: Rosemary

About Rosemary

I'm an interior designer, gerontologist, author, blogger, and most importantly, a former caregiver to my mother, Arlene, who had Alzheimer's disease.

Monitoring Devices – Falls and Wandering

Is the person you care for negotiating the stairs or get in and out of a chair or bed unassisted when it’s no longer safe to do so? Or are they leaving home and getting  confused as to their surroundings or worse yet, … Continue reading

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Mishaps with Hospital Beds

My husband was recently in the hospital for a fractured hip and underwent a hip replacement. Rehab was not easy for him and getting in and out of bed was challenging to say the least. But the partial upper side … Continue reading

Posted in Falls and Mobility, Transferring | 7 Comments

4 Simple Design Tips to Help Reduce Falls

Did you know that persons with dementia fall up to 3 times more often than individuals without cognitive impairments? In addition to age-related vision and mobility changes, dementia brings its own unique set of challenges that increase fall risk. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Convert a First Floor Room to a Bedroom

At some point, climbing the stairs to the bedroom on the second floor will become too difficult for your loved one. And using the stairs increases fall risk, especially in the mid to later stages. If you want to help the person  continue to live … Continue reading

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Do Dark Floor Mats Cause Problems?

Due to dementia-related changes in the brain, some loved ones may perceive dark areas on the floor as either a hole or a step. Caregivers have told me about a loved one jumping or attempting to “step” over a a … Continue reading

Posted in Agitation and the Environment, Falls and Mobility, Late Stage, Mid Stage, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Monitoring Systems – Household

Jim’s was visiting his mother last winter and walked into a very cold home in northern Wisconsin.  His mother had turned off the furnace by mistake and the indoor temperature was 50 degrees.  He was shocked that his mother was not even … Continue reading

Posted in Bathing, Cooking, Forgetting, Mid Stage | 5 Comments

Mealtime Tips

Here are six great tips you can use to help the person enjoy their mealtimes with less stress and better communication. 1. Use encouraging, not negative words. Risa, caregiver to her mother, recently told me: “I have no trouble getting … Continue reading

Posted in Agitation and the Environment, Forgetting, Late Stage, Mealtimes, Mid Stage | 8 Comments

Perceptual Challenges & Flooring Patterns

Dementia significantly changes how a person interacts with their living space, especially flooring. Although each person will respond differently, perceptual changes heighten fall risk when persons with dementia walk on patterned flooring. Consider these following examples: Living room patterned carpet. … Continue reading

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Child Safety Knob Covers

There may come a time when you feel that it’s no longer safe for the person to use the stove. It’s never easy making this decision and it can be even harder figuring out a kind way to limit the … Continue reading

Posted in Agitation and the Environment, Cooking, Forgetting, Late Stage, Mid Stage | 5 Comments

Stove Safety: Helping a Person Cook

Many of you write to me requesting more information on stove safety. Usually it’s a scorched pot or two that raises an alarm. It’s often challenging knowing whether it’s still safe for a person with dementia to cook on their own. A … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, Early Stage, Forgetting, Mid Stage | 5 Comments