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Book: Confidence to Care

A Resource for Family Caregivers Providing Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias Care at Home

One of our franchise network’s first reported experiences with Alzheimer’s disease involved a senior who refused to change clothes. She insisted on wearing the same gray pantsuit 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 behaviors 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 pantsuit 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 behavioral 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 recognized experts.

All profits from this book will be donated to the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation and designated for dementia-related organizations and causes.

What You’ll Learn from This Book

This book focuses on both memory and behavior 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:

  • Aggression and Anger
  • Agitation and Anxiety
  • Bedtime Struggles and Sleep Problems
  • Confusion and Memory Loss
  • Delusions
  • False Accusations and Paranoia
  • Hiding/Misplacing Things/Rummaging
  • Hostility
  • Judgment (problems with decision-making and problem-solving)
  • Medication Mismanagement
  • Mood Changes
  • Repetition
  • Sexually Inappropriate Behavior
  • Social Withdrawal
  • Wandering

Confidence to Care also highlights the importance of caring for yourself while caring for others.

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  1. February 4, 2014 at 10:32 am
    Posted by Gayla Watt

    Is it possible to get 2-3 free copies to use in our Memory Disorders clinic? Could you tell me how much to order bulk copies of the books should we decide to do that? Thank you. ___________________________ Gayla Watt | Program Manager Division of Memory Disorders and Behavioral Neurology | Department of Neurology UAB | The University of Alabama at Birmingham SC 620B | 1720 7th Ave South | Birmingham, AL 35294-0017 O: 205.996.3679 | F: 205.975.7365 |
  2. January 31, 2014 at 04:09 am
    Posted by lynne wright

    Hi.. this is all quite new to me my mum has only recently been diagnosed with dementia, im on the brink of tears all the time and feel quite guilty as my mum has had to go into a care home for 1 week whilst her home is assessed to ensure its hoping to gain some confidence and pick up some valuable tops from other care givers
  3. January 30, 2014 at 05:29 pm
    Posted by Robert Seybold

  4. January 16, 2014 at 02:49 pm
    Posted by Patricia Sell

    If you sincerely cared about Alzheimer's victims and their care givers, you would notvtryvto profit but rather help and support all those afflicted.

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