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Ten Strategies for Managing Care Refusals in the Moment

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Ten strategies for managing care refusals: entering their reality, bridging, distraction, hand-over-hand, mirror-mirror, vibes, ask for help, apologize with praise, rewards, and rescue.

What to Do When People with Dementia Refuse Help and Care (Part 2 of Care Refusals)

In last week’s blog, I explained why people living with dementia refuse care. In this week’s blog, I explain what to do about it. Read on for strategies that you can use immediately to prevent care-refusal behavior and  strategies to help you manage care-refusal behavior as soon as it happens.

Why People with Dementia Refuse Help–Part 1

Why do people with dementia refuse help? Learn the three main reasons in this post!!

2021 Crash Course in Dementia-Centric Communication

Dementia-centric communication is the ability to interact with people who have dementia in a respectful and meaningful way. I hear, over and over again, “I don’t know what to say to a person with dementia.” “What if I do something wrong?” Fear not, I am here to help by providing […]

Guns and Dementia: No Brainer?

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It may seem like common sense to remove firearms from the house of a person with dementia. Especially if you have observed prior instances of unsafe behavior. But what happens when the person with dementia reports the guns as stolen? Read more for pre-emptive strategies and approaches for both family members and law enforcement.

Dementia and Pain


People with dementia DO feel pain. They may be unable to tell you in words, but they are communicating in other ways!

3 Ways to Get a Person with Dementia to Take Their Medications

“I don’t need to take that medication. There is nothing wrong with me.” Sound familiar? 1. Are the Medications ABSOLUTELY Necessary? At least once a week I’m on the phone with a family caregiver dealing with that issue. One of the first things I talk about is which meds we […]

The Why Behind the What: Refusals Based on Fear

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People with dementia experience fear differently from you and me. This blog explains why and provides ways for caregivers to handle this overactive fear response.\

Helpful Hints for Handling Refusals: Dressing

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This blog builds on information covered in some other blogs: Care refusals based on fear Preventing care-resistant/care refusal behavior Handling care refusals in real time In this blog, I will show you how to tailor these general approaches to specific situations where you may have, or have already encountered, care refusals […]

10 Strategies for Handling Care Refusals in the Moment

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10 ways to get around “no” and “I already did that”!

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