Category Archives: Late Stage

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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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

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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

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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

Can Lift-Up Chairs Help Persons with Dementia?

During mid-stage Alzheimer’s, my mother, Arlene, began having great difficulty getting up from a chair, especially a comfy lounge chair. So I would try to help her, but it wasn’t easy. I had never been trained to help a person … Continue reading

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How To Increase Hydration

Can the Right Drinking Glass Increase Hydration? During mid to late stage Alzheimer’s, my mother was drinking very little and I was concerned she would get dehydrated. She didn’t seem to experience swallowing problems when she was eating and drinking … Continue reading

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