Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Dementia Care Resources

At a time of isolation for many living in care communities around the world, AG&D and our partners in France are generously sharing resources with all of us to help ease the challenges that face our healthcare professionals and residents in long-term care. Please make use of these and adapt to the needs of your particular community. Check back here periodically, or follow us on social media to be notified when more resources are added.

VISUAL CUES FOR ISOLATION – Three examples of external aids to post within sight of isolated people to help them understand why they are alone, confined to their room, and why their habits have changed. [Download here]

READING GROUP STORY – This short story, written by residents for residents, will help explain what Coronavirus is, why there have been changes to typical daily routines, and reassurance for anxious individuals. Print this into a booklet format, and read as a small group or one-to-one. Add discussion questions along the way to encourage interaction and engagement. [Download here]

GARDENING FOR YOUR SOUL KIT – This is a small “indoor gardening kit” to share and disseminate freely to the caregivers around you! Print, cut, and tie together to create a pocket-sized self-care kit, so those that are giving care to others can also have some time to care for themselves. Each card in this kit has a 5-minute exercise to calm, connect, and find a moment of peace throughout the day. Anyone that has time to create these can drop them off for long term care staff, hospitals, or anyone that would find it useful. We have translated this kit from our friends at Diplopia in France, with drawings by a trainer and her young son.

Download Kit Assembly Instructions

Download the correct version for printing: Single-Sided or Double-Sided.

COPING AND RESILIENCY DURING PANDEMIC (INSERVICE) – Jennifer Birdsall, Ph.D., Clinical Director at CHE Behavioral Health Services, recently created an inservice through the APA “…for skilled nursing facility (and other long term care) staff on how to cope and be resilient in the face of Covid-19 stressors … This in-service 1) reviews a number of common stressors faced by our SNF colleagues as they work to care for the most vulnerable population during this pandemic, 2) normalizes the experience of stress, anxiety, and other psychological symptoms during times extreme stress (such as the Covid-19 outbreak), and 3) reviews a number of evidenced based coping skills to help manage stress.” Dr. Birdsall can be reached by email at JBirdsall@cheservices.com.

Click here for the training video.

Click here to download the presentation slides.

Click here for a video on relation techniques for skilled nursing staff by Dr. Birdsall.

Responsive Behavior Tools

RESPONSIVE BEHAVIOR REDUCTION FORMULA – This tool was created in conjunction with our colleagues at Florida State University College of Medicine Department of Geriatrics, who turned our formula for addressing responsive behaviors in older adults with dementia into a brief poster that can be used to understand WHY a behavior is occurring. [Download here]

Activity Ideas

Here are some samples of activities taken from our activity manuals, including A Different Visit and  Montessori-Based Activities for Persons with Dementia Volume 1 and Volume 2

Smelling Jars

This is an activity that can be done with a small group or one-on-one. It provides practice identifying and discriminating different scents, especially those familiar to participants, and helps stimulate long term memories as well as discussion of those memories.

[Download pdf]

Corn Pouring with Funnel

Pouring is an activity that demonstrates independence, yet many persons with dementia, do not get many opportunities to pour their own drinks or to pour for others as a social grace. Lack of practice can contribute to their difficulties in executing pouring and other self-care activities… Pouring activities like this can help reinstate this skill. Remember – older adults with dementia must be allowed the opportunity to pour, and occasionally spill, to demonstrate this ability.

[Download pdf]

Videos

Visit our YouTube page to find demonstrations, presentations, and interviews with Dr. Camp and our colleagues around the world. Here are a few of our favorites:

International Partners

ICCDP
AG&D

International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners offers a 6-hour online training course to become a Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional. Learn more about the course and certification opportunity at www.iccdp.net/certification-montessori.php.

Accompagnament en Gerontologie  et Developpments (AG&D) is our close partner in France, providing trainings, and French translations of our books. Visit them online at www.ag-d.fr.

Dementia Australia‘s website provides extensive information and resources for people living with or caring for someone with dementia around the world, and additional education and support for residents of Australia. Visit Dementia Australia online at www.dementia.org.au.

Better Living with Dementia Online Community

Join caregivers and people living better with dementia at livingbetterwithdementia.com where you can find activity ideas, and support, and other resources.