Category Archives: Forgetting

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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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

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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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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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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

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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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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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Memory Cues

Memory Cues — Helping Them Remember In the early to mid-stages, memory cues like reminder signs can act as the person’s external brain when they no longer remember on their own. When my mother was forgetting her doctor’s appointments, a … Continue reading

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