Nurses’ Notes – Practical, Helpful Tips for Caregivers

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Important Tips for Travelling with Persons with Dementia (Part 1)

Many persons in the early to middle stages of Dementia can travel under the right circumstances and careful planning. Remember: A person with Dementia who is relatively independent in a familiar environment may need extra support and supervision when coping with an unfamiliar environment and change in routines. The absence of essential familiar environmental cues […]

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Tips for Coping with Caregiver Stress

As a caregiver, you may be so focused on your loved one that you don’t realize that your own health and well-being are suffering. Watch for these signs of caregiver stress: Feeling overwhelmed or constantly worried and anxious about the future and facing another day Feeling tired. Exhaustion makes completing necessary daily tasks almost impossible […]

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Tips for a Successful Visit with a Loved One with Dementia

Always find out the best time to visit. Sharing time is what is important. Meal times can be very positive as you can assist your loved one with his/her meal. Avoid visiting at nap time, at bath times unless staff requests your gentle support and at times when other activities are scheduled such as music […]

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Tips for Taking Medications Safely and Effectively

Review all your medications regularly with your family physician to see if any can be reduced, discontinued or alternatives suggested. Make sure your family doctor is aware of all your allergies especially drug and food allergies. Tell all your doctors and your pharmacist about all of the medications you are taking e.g. prescriptions, over the […]

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Perceptual Problems That Can Complicate Mealtimes

Perceptual problems can complicate the person with dementia’s enjoyment and success at mealtimes especially if there is no contrast between table coverings (tablecloths and placemats) and dishes. Without contrast, the person will be unable to perceive what is on the table, will spill foods much more frequently and will have difficulty eating independently. For example […]

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The Importance of Healthy Snacks

HEALTHY SNACKS FOR PERSONS WITH DEMENTIA ARE ESSENTIAL TO: 1. Provide extra nutrients when persons do not eat all their meals. 2. Calm anxious persons who are forgetful and do not remember their last meal. 3. Reward resistive persons for cooperating with their personal care. Healthy snacks are encouraged between meals. Healthy snacks such as […]

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Activities Of Daily Living (ADL)

Question: Of the 6 Activities of Daily Living – Eating, Bathing, Dressing, Grooming, Mouth Care and Toileting, which activity is the most complex task for persons suffering from Dementia to complete? Answer:  Mouth Care In most cases, persons with Dementia will: say “I already brushed my teeth” be unable to complete the task themselves refuse […]

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