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.
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.
Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Alzheimer’s Association have excellent general resources for dementia caregivers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please refer to those sites first; I am not going to repeat their advice on this blog. Instead, I provide some additional and practical […]
Caregivers struggle with how best to celebrate holidays with persons with Alzheimer’s dementia. I provide strategies for maximizing enjoyment while minimizing distress for all.
Learn how to get a person with Alzheimer’s dementia to shower or bathe. I provide helpful bathing strategies in this blog.
Nearly everyone struggles with whether or not a person with dementia should be driving. This blog tackles some of the issues.
Best ways to get a person with Alzheimer’s dementia to accept care is to enter their reality.
People with dementia say “NO” to nearly every question or request. This is an incredible challenge for caregivers. In this blog, I explain one reason for the non-stop no’s…and offer strategies for preventing and managing the negativity. Patterns of Memory Loss and Retrieval Problems All dementias share this same common […]
I explain how the shrinking brain causes many of the repetitive questions and behaviors that caregivers find frustrating.
Avoid quizzing the person with dementia. Logic does not work. Arguing does not work.