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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. November 30, 2014 at 07:04 am
    Posted by Penny Smith

    I also care for my mother. I read the 36 hour day, which also gives insights for the caregiver. I found helpful. Always looking for more information, about this dreaded disease. Looking forward to reading your book. I have trouble with my mother not wanting to change clothes. Interested in reading how the caregiver copes with this..
  2. November 6, 2014 at 10:21 am
    Posted by Annette Grissom

    It is not easy to see your mother lose her memory to Alzheimer"s Dementia. But if you arm yourself with as much information as possible it helps you to be patient and understanding. I was able to use suggestions from a book called Coach Broyle's Playbook for caregivers. It helped me a lot when dealing with my mother's changes in personality and even changes in comprehension. Please get as much information as possible and most of all show love and compassion because they don't understand what is going on either.
  3. July 1, 2014 at 09:41 am
    Posted by Debbie Waitley

    Is this book available in large print? It looks like a resource that my mom could use, but she can no longer read regular print books. Thank you!
  4. May 13, 2014 at 04:13 pm
    Posted by Alexandra goncalves

    I don't know what to do; told my husband to get me a copy, cause i think m going to go crazy myself dealing with my mother's stage 5 alzeheimer recently diagnosed ; i even had to move back to my country, while she also has some other health issues; alzeheimer is the main reason m here... I feel like telling her you can't do this or that! You have alzeheimer!! Is too much to bare....

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