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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. May 21, 2016 at 04:57 am
    Posted by Hussnain

    Great detail you had discussed here. Is it the 6th most occuring disease in America I have read it from here: http://dailycdcupdate.blogspot.com/2016/05/disease-6th-most-common-disease-in.html
  2. May 2, 2016 at 10:08 am
    Posted by Paula Sher

    MY DAUGHTER DIFFERS FROM MOST OF THIS EXAMPLES, I HAVE RUN ACROSS. SHE IS A QUADRIPLEGIC AND GETS VERY UPSET WHEN BEING UNDRESSED AND HER GROOMING. SO FAR HAVE NOT FOUND A SOLUTION TO HELP HERE. SHE DOES HAVE SOME PROVIDERS THAT SHE FEELS SAFER WITH AND IS MORE CALM WITH THEM. PROBLEM HERE IS THAT THEY CAN NOT ALWAYS COME.
  3. April 28, 2016 at 06:13 pm
    Posted by carla

    Linda, Perhaps because they only live in the moment and forget shortly after each moment of the day try little pudding cups or tiNY bowles with something in it with your food groups and all your nutrition is their also I find that works real good is a few crackers with something of your food groups on it and if they are picky eaters well my mother was that way just try the boost shakes they have came a long long way I wish the best for you GOD BLESS CARLA

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