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Feb

5
2008-02-05
Learning about my client


I started paying attention to what "my client" liked and didn't like.  For example, she liked gummy bears and chocolate kisses.  I would purchase gummy bears and chocolate kisses and bag them up in little baggies.  Then, throughout the day, I would walk up to her with a small bag in my hand filled with gummy bears or chocolate kisses behind my back.  I would ask her to close her eyes, then pick a hand.  When I open my hand, there would be something there that she really enjoyed and she...

Feb

5
2008-02-05
Managing Dementia Behavior Issues


When caring for clients with Alzheimer’s disease, never take their behavior personally. Always do your best to be kind, patient, calm, supportive and flexible. Keep in mind that they are not purposefully acting like they are. This disease is not their fault. I have a client who occasionally used to take her keys and her purse and just walk out of the house and off to the bank. She always thought she had some important banking business to take care of. Going to the bank was something she...

Feb

5
2008-02-05
Dementia and overeating


Dementia affects people in different ways. Overeating is particularly common in people with dementia. People with dementia may completely forget that they have eaten, even if they have just done so. The client with dementia that I care for eats excessive amounts of food at one time. To prevent her from feeling uncomfortable as a result of overeating, I put anything I don’t want her to eat out of sight or out of reach. There are times during the day when she constantly seeks out food. At those...

Feb

5
2008-02-05
Meet Maria, Allowing the patient with Alzheimer's to be boss


Currently, I am serving as a live-in caregiver for a 77 year-old woman with moderate stage Alzheimer's Disease.  I have been on this case for almost a year now.  I will talk a little about the background of this case first, and in later entries will talk about what is happening today.   Taking care of an elderly client with Alzheimer's can be quite challenging.  I had a case that required a 24-hour caregiver.  This client, who had been independent all her life, never had a need for...

Feb

5
2008-02-05
Appreciating Home health aides


I am continually impressed with the level of caring and compassion of so many hired home health / companion caregivers.  They do work most people don’t want to do, and they don’t get paid very much for doing it.  I admire them.  I understand the importance of getting the very best match in a caregiver for my clients and am so appreciative when the caregiver treats my client as they would their own family.  It is because of good home health aids / caregivers that I can be at peace...

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