Category: Dementia

Articles about dementia care including the various types of dementia often in the terminal stage including caregiver tips and instructions for comfort care.

The Importance of Routines and Consistency for Patients with Dementia

When caring for a loved one with dementia, maintaining routines and consistency can make a significant difference in their overall well-being and quality of life. As a caregiver, understanding the value of routines and how they can positively impact your loved one's journey through dementia is crucial. In this article, we'll explore why routines matter, how to establish them, and the benefits they bring to both patients and caregivers.
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Encouraging Dementia Patients to Take a Bath or Shower: 3 Gentle Methods

As a caregiver for a loved one with dementia, it's important to approach daily tasks, such as bathing, with patience, understanding, and empathy. Dementia can bring about changes in behavior and communication, making activities like showering or bathing challenging for both the patient and the caregiver. Here are three gentle methods to encourage a dementia patient to cooperate and take a bath or shower while maintaining their comfort and dignity.
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Doctors Ignoring Family Concerns in Dementia Care

Welcome to our discussion on a topic close to many hearts: the care of our loved ones with dementia. When a family member is diagnosed with dementia, it feels like a part of them slowly fades away. But as they lose parts of themselves, your role in their life becomes even more crucial. This article isn’t just words on a page; it’s a beacon of hope and understanding, shining a light on why your voice, as a family member, is vital in the care of your loved one.
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Understanding Repetitive Questions of Dementia Patients

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When caring for a loved one with dementia, it's important to approach their needs with empathy and understanding. Dementia is a progressive condition that affects memory, thinking, and communication. As a caregiver or family member, it's crucial to adapt your communication style and strategies to best support your loved one. This article will guide you through the stages of dementia, address common symptoms like anxiety and agitation, provide techniques to reduce caregiver burnout, create a calm environment, and effectively respond to repetitive questions.
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Nourishing with Care: Feeding a Terminally Ill Loved One

Caring for someone at the end of life is one of the highest forms of love. It requires patience, understanding, and a gentle touch. It’s about being there, whether it’s holding a hand, wiping a brow, or offering a favorite dish. It’s about listening to their needs, both said and unsaid, and responding with your heart. In these moments, we’re not just caregivers; we’re guardians of their dignity and their peace. In this article, we’ll explore these topics further, providing you with the knowledge and tools to feed your loved one safely and with compassion. Remember, you’re not alone on this journey. There’s a community of caregivers out there who understand and support you. Together, we can ensure that our loved ones are nourished with care and love in their final days.
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Caring for a Loved One with Dementia: Encouraging Medication Compliance

encouraging a woman to take her medicine
Caring for a loved one with dementia can be challenging. One common struggle caregivers face is ensuring their loved one takes their medications. Dementia can make understanding and remembering medications difficult. In this guide, we'll explore effective strategies for encouraging dementia patients to take their medications, considering their unique needs.
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Unveiling the Truth: The Accuracy of FDG PET Scans in Dementia Diagnosis

diagnostic scans for dementia healthy brain vs. brain with dementia
One of the tools doctors uses is called an FDG PET scan. It’s a special kind of test that takes pictures of the brain. FDG is a type of sugar, and PET stands for Positron Emission Tomography. When someone has a PET scan, they get a tiny amount of this sugar injected into their body. Because the brain uses sugar as fuel, the scan can show which parts are working well and which parts aren’t. This is super helpful because in people with dementia, some parts of the brain don’t use sugar the same way healthy parts do. So, the scan can show doctors these changes and help them understand what’s going on.
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Understanding and Managing Contractures

dementia patient with contractures
I know that the journey you and your loved one are on can be challenging, especially when facing a terminal illness. As an experienced hospice nurse caring for terminally ill patients, I want to provide you with some valuable insights on a common issue that may arise during this time: contractures.
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How to Care for People with Dementia: The Importance of Patience, Compassion and Empathy

dementia person in wheelchair with hands being held
Patience, compassion, and empathy are qualities that can help caregivers to understand, respect, and support a person with dementia, as well as to cope with the stress and difficulties of caregiving. Patience is the ability to tolerate delays, difficulties, or discomfort without getting angry or upset. Compassion is the feeling of sympathy and concern for the suffering or well-being of another. Empathy is the ability to share and understand the feelings and perspectives of another. In this article, we will discuss why patience, compassion, and empathy are essential for dementia care, and how to practice and cultivate them in daily interactions. We will also provide some tips and strategies on how to apply patience, compassion, and empathy in different scenarios that may arise when caring for someone with dementia. By the end of this article, we hope to inspire and empower you to care for your loved one with dementia with patience, compassion, and empathy.
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How to Support a Dementia Patient Who Tries to Escape from a Memory Care Facility

patients escaping
Elopement is when a person with dementia leaves a safe area, like their home or care facility, without supervision. This can be intentional or unintentional, and it's important to address to ensure the safety of the patient. If your loved one is attempting to escape from a memory care facility, there are steps you can take to support both them and the facility.
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Coping with a Loved One’s Placement in a Nursing Home: Supporting Patients with Dementia

women using a rollator walking down a hallway
Dementia can be extremely hard for families to deal with. You may have been taking care of your loved one at home for a long time. But as the disease gets worse, you may not be able to give them the care they need. You may have to think about placing them in a nursing home. A nursing home is a place where people can get 24-hour care from trained staff. We know that this is an exceedingly difficult and painful decision. You may feel sad, angry, guilty, or scared. You may worry about how your loved one will cope with the change. You may wonder if you are doing the right thing. These are normal and understandable feelings. You are not alone. Many people go through the same situation.
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Best Practices for Managing Hallucinations

Flow Chart For Managing Hallucinations And Delusions
As an experienced hospice nurse, I understand the challenges faced by terminally ill patients and their families when dealing with hallucinations, especially in conditions like Lewy Body Dementia, Parkinson's disease, and other neurodegenerative diseases. Hallucinations can be distressing and confusing for patients and their loved ones, but with the right approach and a combination of pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods, we can help manage these symptoms to improve comfort and quality of life.
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Promoting Quality of Life in Dementia Through Doll Therapy

Dementia can be a challenging journey, not only for the patients but also for their families and caregivers. One innovative approach that has shown promise in enhancing the quality of life for dementia patients is doll therapy. This therapeutic intervention involves providing dementia patients with life-size baby dolls and encouraging them to interact with these dolls, as well as watching videos of babies. In this article, we will explore how doll therapy can reduce agitation, restlessness, and promote increased comfort and feelings of well-being for dementia patients.
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Understanding and Caring for Loved Ones with Huntington’s Disease

huntingtons disease infographic
Huntington's disease (HD) is a challenging condition that can significantly impact both the patient and their family. If you're new to caring for a loved one with HD, it's essential to understand the journey ahead. In this guide, we'll provide you with a compassionate and straightforward overview of what to expect throughout the course of the disease and how to provide the best care possible.
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