Dementia Care Resources
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]
EXTERNAL AID TO PREPARE FOR A COVID TEST – The COVID-19 test can be especially difficult for individuals with memory deficits. Information may be forgotten or unclear, the person does not really know what is happening, why he is undergoing all this, etc. Refusal, anxiety, agitation can be expected. For professionals, this moment is particularly trying and stressful. Here is a simple external aid about the COVID-19 test in order to try to ease this recurring challenge. It is available in two font sizes, depending on the person’s reading skills (check with them) and can be changed at will.
Some advice from field experiences: provide this support to the person the day before the test, so that they can read it and reread it as they please and prepare psychologically. On the day of the test, have them accompanied by people they appreciate, whose names are indicated on the external aid. Offer to take the external aid along to the test. After the test, share a moment of well-being. Thank you to Elisabeth Malard for offering what she is using in the field, and to AG&D for sharing it. [Download here]
MANDALAS FOR CREATIVITY AND COMFORT DURING CONFINEMENT – AG&D continues its practice of sharing tools to improve the daily lives of confined seniors, to help prevent or calm reactionary behavior or psychological difficulties. The Mandala is an adapted activity that is easy to implement during this period of confinement. The word Mandala comes from India – in Sanskrit, it means “circle, center, unity, totality”. These famous circular designs organized around a center which can continue infinitely, are practiced in all civilizations. They are also found everywhere in nature: In flowers, cobwebs, cut fruits and vegetables, in the solar system and even in our human cells.
Coloring or making a Mandala is a great tool for transformation and adjustment. By keeping us in the present moment, mandalas open us to greater self-awareness. It is a way to focus, to harmonize and sometimes even to discover an artistic ability. Apart from any spiritual or therapeutic approach, coloring a Mandala allows you to enjoy the calm, relaxation and strength it provides. Click here to download instructions and sample mandalas to get you started.
WEBINAR: ENGAGEMENT IN ISOLATION WITHIN A MEMORY CARE ENVIRONMENT – With Senior Living being one of the last segments of our society to eventually open up, Dr. Cameron Camp explores what it means to be engaged while in isolation in this webinar series from Direct Supply.
Taking Care of Caregivers
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.
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]
- Learn more about the formula for understanding responsive behaviors in the book “Hiding the Stranger in the Mirror: A Detective’s Manual for Solving Problems Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders“
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.
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.
American Flag Puzzle
Here’s an activity the family can do together to encourages intergenerational social interaction and motor skill practice. It can also be enjoyed one-on-one with a caregiver. Our international friends can make a version using their own country’s flag, or a flag that is meaningful to the person.
Reading Roundtable® Activity Booklets are designed for engagement and reminiscence. In our new series, Dr. Camp reads select Reading Roundtable® booklets and adds even more content. View these together with your loved one or a care community resident, taking time to pause the video to invite discussion and engagement. These videos can serve as a demonstration on how to get the most out of a Reading Roundtable® Activity Booklet by elaborating on the content and adding a personal touch to connect with the story and the person you are with. Browse all our Reading Material for People with Dementia at www.cen4ard.com/product-category/reading-material-for-people-with-dementia/
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:
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.