Category Archives: Agitation and the Environment

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

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Encouraging a Person to Shower

“But I have already bathed today.” If you’re caring for someone with dementia, there’s a good chance you’ve heard these words before. Encouraging a person with dementia to shower or take a bath can be a confusing and daunting task, … Continue reading

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