July 11, 2016

Carers...if you are dealing with continence issues, hoarding, shoplifting, sleep disturbances, or inappropriate sexual behaviour and if you find yourself turning to sugar, comfort foods, cigarettes or alcohol or not...

it may be time to get some carers tips to deal with those behaviours and take care of yourself ...

In-home dementia care: tips & techniques
Caring for your loved one living with a form of dementia in the home setting can create challenges those on the outside can only imagine. Without a strong support system and hands-on skills, this very difficult job can easily leave caregivers feel stressed, overwhelmed, and isolated.

Would you like to know how to build a care environment that best balances your loved one's needs with your own well-being and abilities? 

After watching this program you will know
- Practical tips and ideas to problem solve existing challenging situations for a more joyous caregiving relationship 
- How to prepare visitors and family members for more meaningful visits
- The value and difficulty when using multiple medications 
- How to create calming surroundings to reduce the risk of sundowning and other distressing behaviors
- How to apply Teepa's "Six Pieces to the Puzzle™" and "GEMS™" methods to discover your loved one's retained skills and interests, thereby creating a positive and more fulfilling care environment for the both of you

- Challenging Situations in the Home
- Six Pieces to the Puzzle™
- The GEMS™ 
- Comforting Your Loved One

Intimate caring skills : urinary and faecal incontinence : a heightened problem when dementia is a factorby Deirdre A.L. Jenkins
Reviewed by an AlzNSW Library member:
One of our carers who had absolutely no idea of any of these matters before (hardly ever having changed even a baby's nappy!) was very impressed with this resource due to it’s practical, clearly written advice. He recommends it to others dealing with these issues-particularly non experienced carers. Faecal incontinence is perhaps the last taboo subject in dementia care. Whilst this practice guide is written for unit managers and trainers to assist them in working with front-line staff on the important area of incontinence and dementia.as it is easy to read, and illustrated with humorous line drawings and is really ideal for home carers as well. It is well grounded in actual practice and written in a down to earth manner which is ideal for lay people.

The Selfish Pig's guide to caring
by Hugh Marriott
Six million people in the UK, often unnoticed by the rest of us, provide unpaid care for disabled or elderly relatives, friends or neighbours. Their job is long, lonely and hard, yet there is limited support and no formal training. As a result, carers suffer frequent damage to physical and mental health. Oddly, though carers by definition are anything but selfish pigs, they are liable to feelings of guilt, probably brought on by fatigue and isolation. So Hugh Marriott has written this book for them - and also for the rest of us who don’t know what being a carer is all about. His aim is bring into the open everything he wishes he'd been told when he first became a carer. And he does. The book airs such topics as sex, thoughts of murder, and dealing with the responses of friends and officials who fail to understand.

Creating moments of joy : for the person with Alzheimer's or dementia
When a person has short-term memory loss, his life is made up of moments. We are not able to create a perfectly wonderful day with those who have dementia, but it is absolutely attainable to create perfectly wonderful moments—moments that put smiles on their faces, a twinkle in their eyes, or trigger memories. Five minutes later, they won’t remember what you did or said, but the feeling you left them with will linger.

Within the sections are smaller steps. At the end of each step is a place where you can journal your thoughts, solutions, and treasures to help you achieve the overall goal of creating many moments of joy for the person with dementia, and for YOU!

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