Many Faces of Dementia Conference

Many Faces of Dementia: New Developments in Diagnosis and Their Implications for Care Friday, March 15, 2013: 7:30am to 5:00pm USC University Park Campus: Davidson CE Conference Center This one-day conference is designed to bring together health care professionals and clinical researchers in the greater Los Angeles area who provide care for persons with Alzheimer’s […]

Before Your Resident Elopes

This week we are sharing another Alzheimer’s caregiver tip from the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center. As a care provider, you take steps to prevent your residents from wandering away from the community. The National Institute on Aging recommends these additional steps to help identify the resident should they wander away:

Alzheimer’s Caregiving Tip – Hallucinations, Delusions, and Paranoia

The national Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center recently releases a series of caregiver “tip sheets” designed to give quick, helpful suggestions for common challenges faced when caring for persons with Alzheimer’s disease.

Who Can Consent for Residents Diagnosed with Dementia in an RCFE?

Knowing who is legally authorized to make decisions for a resident diagnosed with dementia can be confusing. Assisted living and residential care providers may find themselves trying to understand a resident’s wishes, while balancing requests from family members or responsible parties.

Medication Assistance for Residents with Dementia

This week’s Tuesday Tip comes in response to a question posted on our blog. “Is a resident with dementia allowed to be retained in an RCFE when she requires her medications to be “fed” to her?”

The 7 Stages of Alzheimer’s

One of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s is the progressive nature of the disease. While each resident progress differently, experts, including Barry Reisberg, M.D., have developed stages to describe how an individual’s abilities change through the course of the disease.

Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures

Learn more about the latest data from the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures Report.  Click here to download your copy for free: http://www.alz.org/downloads/Facts_Figures_2011.pdf.

Three Step Approach to Identifying Common Behaviors and Their Causes

Having a proven strategy for managing challenging behaviors can improve your success in caring for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) recommends this three-step approach to identifying common behaviors and their causes:

Underlying Causes of Challenging Behaviors

Managing challenging behaviors can be one of the most difficult aspects of caring for residents with dementia and other cognitive impairments. In their publication Behaviors: How to Respond When Dementia Causes Unpredictable Behaviors the Alzheimer’s Association reminds that behaviors can be the result of underlying problems, such as:

When is a Resident with Dementia Ready for Hospice?

This week’s tip has been adapted with permission from the VITAS Hospice publication entitled Clinical Appropriateness: Alzheimer’s Disease.