With the recent talk of Ronald Reagan on many of the blogs I read, I thought I would post something a bit different. When Mr. Reagan died, my feelings were that of saddness and relief. The world had lost a great man, but he was at peace. Alzheimer's Disease is a tragic disease for all involved--the afflicted and their loved ones. I work with people with dementia and train caregivers. I wanted to list my 10 Bs of dementia care. These are true in so many areas of life, but no more than in caring for people with short term memory loss.
- Positive ~ Look for what the person is able to do. Work with a positive attitude.
- Natural ~ Be yourself! Do not force yourself to be someone you are not.
- Flexible ~ Let things flow naturally. Do not force things to happen on your own time.
- Observant ~ Watch body language and facial expressions for moods before approaching.
- Knowledgeable ~ Learn everything you can about the person you are caring for. Know who they were and who they are now.
- Spontaneous ~ Be ready to do any activity the person is open to at any time.
- Patient ~ Take the time to listen to the person and remember that some days tasks will take longer than others.
- Confident ~ People with dementia feel safer with caregivers who know what they are doing and are more comfortable doing things with them.
- Sincere ~ People know when your heart is not in your work. Don’t pretend.
- Fun Loving ~ Enjoy your work! Have fun! You make a difference every day for those you care for.