An Easy Tip to Keep Your Loved One Engaged

Keeping your loved one engaged can help minimize dementia-related behaviors and provide fulfillment. Make sure the activities are meaningful to the individual. Think about their life before the dementia diagnosis. What did they enjoy doing? What brought them joy? Try to create these activities! Keep in mind that you may… Read More

Music to Bring Happiness

I am an Alzheimer’s unit director, and my number one thing to do with my residents is sing with them music. Music opens a new world to them! Read More

Keep a Calendar for Your Loved One

I keep a big desk calendar for my Dad with everyday filled in with the time I come over each day (even though it is the same everyday!) and write his schedule such as family day, shower day. He likes knowing plus when the day is over we cross thru… Read More

A Tip to Spark Conversation

My Dad and I start talking about his family their names and the names of all his friends. I write the names down and he most of the times will remember spouses and always ends up with stories to tell me! I keep these lists so he can revisit them… Read More

Pets Sometimes Make Great Companions for Dementia Loved Ones

If you can provide a pet do so or borrow a friends dog for a visit . Nothing like the smile you get seeing them petting & loving on a dog. I found an older rescue dog for my Dad @ 93 years old and it was love at first… Read More

Enjoy Time with Your Loved One

I go to my Dads and care for him everyday. There is always so much to do cook, clean, maintain the house, cut the geass, doctors appts. It’s easy to let those things overwhelm you, so much to do and only a few hours! While Dad just wants to talk… Read More

Senior Activity Calendar and Booklet

Track senior activity progress with the printable calendar and activities booklet. Use the activity calendar (PDF) to track progress day by day and help your senior loved one exercise mind, body and soul. The companion activity booklet (PDF) is a resource for seniors and their family caregivers. It is full… Read More

Overview: Activities and Engagement

A continual challenge of dementia caregivers is to help provide meaningful activities that engage a person’s attention and connect with their interests. A mix of activities is recommended in order to meet the various needs for each individual and adaptation is necessary due to changing skills and abilities. Finding and… Read More

CAREGiver Gives Example of How to Care for Someone with Dressing Issues

In this video, a Home Instead CAREGiver™ helps her client dress properly for an outdoor activity. Read More

3 Things to do When You Visit Your Loved One in a Living Facility

Bring a small laundry basket of clean old face and hand towels to fold and leave them at the facility for the next time. Bring in a small plastic carton with a variety of silk and plastic flowers and a plastic vase that could stay in the common area once… Read More