One of our Home Instead offices first reported experiences with Alzheimer's disease involving a senior who refused to change clothes. She insisted on wearing the same grey suit every day, all day.
Maybe you face similar frustrating situations as you care for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. Without understanding what triggers the behaviours associated with the disease, or knowing practical techniques to help counter them, it's easy to feel overwhelmed.
But discovering simple tips, like buying a duplicate suit to encourage the senior into a fresh set of clothes, can mean the difference between endless frustration and a positive care experience. Gaining the Confidence to Care
We created this resource to help you replace your fears and frustrations with the confidence to care.
Confidence to Care: A Resource for Family Caregivers Providing Alzheimer's Disease or Other Dementias Care at Home is your essential handbook to becoming more confident in your ability to understand, manage and even help alleviate dementia-related behavioural symptoms that your loved one may be prone to exhibit. Why We Wrote the Book
We wrote this book to help you. This book combines personal stories with practical techniques drawn from decades of caregiving experience from family caregivers, professional CAREGivers within the Home Instead Senior Care network, and internationally recognised experts. What You'll Learn from This Book
This book focuses on both memory and behaviour symptoms that family caregivers often need help with, including their loved one's resistance to common personal care activities. Each of these chapters offer plenty of care approaches and prevention tips, and begin with a relevant and moving real-life family caregiver story. The chapter topics include:
Confidence to Care
- Aggression and Anger
- Agitation and Anxiety
- Bedtime Struggles and Sleep Problems
- Confusion and Memory Loss
- False Accusations and Paranoia
- Hiding/Misplacing Things/Rummaging
- Judgment (problems with decision-making and problem-solving)
- Medication Mismanagement
- Mood Changes
- Sexually Inappropriate Behaviour
- Social Withdrawal
also highlights the importance of caring for yourself while caring for others.