Nurses’ Notes – Practical, Helpful Tips for Caregivers

Category: Help for Family Caregivers

Part Two: Personal Grooming: Tips to help achieve successful outcomes

When persons’ with Dementia feel good about their appearance, they feel better about themselves, are more reassured and appear happier. Promote regular routines for grooming. However facial shaving, finger/toenail care and hair washing do not need to be done daily. Hairstyling and make-up Keep hairstyles short and simple for both women and men Arrange for […]

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Tips for Dressing (Part 1) and Grooming (Part 2) Persons with Dementia – Part One: Dressing: Tips to help achieve successful outcomes

Overview: As an individual’s dementia progresses, dressing and personal grooming tasks such as hairstyling and make-up, shaving for men, finger/ toenail care, and foot and eye care become much more challenging. Routines that have been established previously by the person with the least changes are the most successful. Familiarity with routines promotes retention of existing […]

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Important Tips for Travelling with Persons with Dementia (Part 2)

Part 2: Specific Arrangements for the Actual Trip Remember: Once advance planning is arranged for the trip, specific arrangements need to be organized for the actual mode of travel and the accommodations away from home. Specific Arrangements for Air Travel: Avoid layovers. Arrange direct flights. Check luggage through to final destination. Travel with minimal luggage […]

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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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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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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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