I’m pleased to introduce “Tips for Family Members and Caregivers of Persons With Dementia” by CPI’s Eric Worley. Eric draws on his background in activities to offer excellent tips for engaging the interests of people with dementia.
We encourage staff to get to know the persons they work with as individuals with their own hopes, fears, feelings, and preferences, and Eric provides strategies for doing just that—as well as ways for family members to make the most out of their visits with their loved ones.
We also encourage that staff use Life Story Questionnaires with their clients. These questionnaires are a great way for staff to get to know the people they care for. I’ve received many requests from participants for a questionnaire template, so I’ve created one. You can download a PDF of the Life Story Questionnaire here, or click the link in Eric’s article. Fill out the questionnaire with the clients you work with, and/or your clients’ loved ones. This resource will provide you with great ways to engage each client’s abilities and adapt activities to each person’s interests.
Please share in the Comments section below or on our Facebook page your successes and challenges in helping persons with dementia feel safe, respected, and loved.
Chris Ebell, OT/L, DCCT, is the lead DCS trainer and an Allen Authorized Instructor.
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