This year saw a lot of great resources and advice for both family and professional caregivers, from what people want to change in long-term care to how to keep things fun and engaging for loved ones and clients.
Check out these top three resources that caregivers on our Dementia Care Facebook
page absolutely loved:
1. Improving Care, Long-Term
What’s the #1 thing we need to do to improve long-term care
for persons with dementia? Kim Warchol
, OTR/L, says, “Focus on what remains rather than what's lost!” Get the rest of the need-to-haves from Kim’s post
, and then check out the #1s from caregivers around the world
—including things you can do right now.
2. Finding Something to Do
Need fun yet beneficial activities for you and your loved one to do? Lori
came looking for ideas to keep things stimulating and enjoyable. She left with a whole collection of different things to try! Get the costume jewelry box idea, the “Foods that start with the letter ___” game, the benefit of YouTube, and more
3. Trying a Special Kind of Therapy
Looking for something that reaches beyond dementia? Try therapeutic gardening.
, “My seniors with various stages of Alzheimer's all loved to work with plants. It really got them engaged in doing something that did not involve getting frustrated or annoyed at what they couldn't do any longer. It was all about color and growth and provided hands-on TLC.”
Find out how to nurture mind, body, and spirit, indoors and out, with horticultural therapy
Being a caregiver means having to be “on” through good days and not-so-good ones. As Barbara
says, “My mom is in 11 years now and still hanging in there. We still get smiles sometimes and we still get hugs, we'll take whatever we can get.”
This poem about caring
speaks to how you as a caregiver are appreciated and needed. Thank you for being there!