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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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Thoughts and stories from others

  1. March 26, 2015 at 09:03 am
    Posted by Virginia A. Clark

    I have asked my husbands doctor what kind of dementia he has but the answers are vague. He is now in a nursing home. His memory has been fading very gradually for quite a few years. Back in the 1990s he went through a four year Merk study for a new pill which certainly didn't prove much as we found he was on the placebo And the neurologist said he did not have Alzheimers. His short time memory grows constantly worse. He is 93 with a bad valve in his heart and has a pacemaker has problems walking even with walker. I need to understand the different types of dementia.
  2. February 23, 2015 at 09:02 am
    Posted by Senior Health | Seniors Maintain a Healthy Diet

    [...] Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, submit your questions about food challenges to the free Confidence to Care mobile app. Experts will answer your questions and offer [...]
  3. February 9, 2015 at 12:09 am
    Posted by Rachel

    Great Book Your also can try the brain stimulator method...its also a great book about dementia and other brain problem

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