Dementia Awareness Training for businesses

Home Instead Senior Care has started a remarkable program to help employees learn to interact with customers who have dementia.  This helps the caregivers and their loved one continue to have a normal active life.  Businesses who have the training for their employees can proudly display a sign at their entryway stating that they are dementia aware, and thus a friendly place for individuals with dementia.

This is an article from my local paper about one of the first businesses in the area to undertake the training and their plans to make it a part of their overall business plans.

Dementia Awareness Training Article

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Until October 9th if you go to Smashwords and enter this code: RM52F (not case-sensitive).  You will receive a free copy of my book Who Are You? (Surviving Dementia from One Caregiver to Another)

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Excellent Plan by the D.O.T.

Just saw that my home state has decided to have Silver Alerts on highway D.O.T. electronic signs – this will be to alert motorists of missing, endangered dementia patients much like Amber Alerts do now.

I’m glad to see my home state taking this step to use existing resources to help dementia patients.

Here’s the news article regarding my home state implementing the Silver Alert program.  Click here.

Here’s a list of other states offering a similar program.  Click here.

I’ve done it! I’m so excited

I’ve been working for what seems like forever on my first book about caregiving and today is the day I’ve published it!

I put this concise work together to provide helpful information for anyone caring for a love one with dementia.  I would recommend it for caregivers, family and friends of caregivers and anyone who suspects a loved one may have dementia.  My key goal was to answer the questions I had when I started my journey as a caregiver.

I’ve published it via Smashwords and it is available for download via all e-reader formats.

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Who are you? (Surviving dementia from one caregiver to another)

A quick message to all you wonderful people who are reading my blog!

First of all:

 THANK YOU! 

It would help me greatly if anyone has any questions about being a caregiver for a family member, please feel free to write a comment and I will respond within 24 hours.  Just please understand that I won’t be able to give any medical advice as I’m not a doctor, but I may be able to help you find the right questions to ask your loved one’s doctor.

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Scary Headlines

Elderly man/woman with Alzheimer’s reported missing, be on the lookout for this person who has wandered away from their home …

I always cringe when I see these headlines, I know the fear of having a loved one who has dementia and gets lost while taking a walk.  Shortly after my dad was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia he would decide to go for a walk at a moment’s notice.  We knew that if he did and we didn’t notice in time that he’d get lost.  I once spent a terrifying half-hour trying to convince him to return home with me.  My (then) 5-year old nephew once noticed Dad wandering away from Mom in a store and brought it to Mom’s attention.  Mom asked him to ask Grandpa to come back her way, which he did.  Once, when Dad was staying in an adult family home, he decided to go walking along a narrow rural route with a 50 MPH speed limit.

Quite often when a dementia patient wanders it is because they are, in their minds, heading for a specific destination – such as school, work, their parents’ house or a friends’ house.  What they are no longer able to process is that they may not be in the same town, state or country as their destination or the appropriate clothing to be wearing for the season.

It is challenging to keep an eye on a dementia patient 24/7, especially when they are otherwise physically fit.  My dad was in his early 50’s when he was diagnosed and still quite fit and strong.  This was the early 2000’s and at that time we discovered that our local sheriff’s office offered a watch-like device with a small radio transmitter that could be used to triangulate a location in case of a loved one wandering and getting lost.  We got one of these ‘watches’ for Dad and while we still kept a close eye out, we felt safer knowing we had taken this preventative step.

With smart phone and GPS technologies there are many new ways available today to find your loved one if they decide to go walkabout.  There are also bracelets and necklaces that can have contact information and condition alerts.

I would highly recommend taking a look at the tracking tools available and finding one that will work for you and your loved one.  The peace of mind that you will find is immense.

Here’s a partial list of some ways to keep track of your loved one:

http://www.projectlifesaver.org/

http://www.mindme.care/

http://www.gpsshoe.com/

http://www.gpssmartsole.com/

http://www.safelinkgps.com/

http://www.pocketfinder.com/

http://www.revolutionarytracker.com/

http://www.comfortzonecheckin.com/default.aspx

http://www.bluewatersecurityprofessionals.com/elderlytracking.htm

http://www.alzheimer.ca/en/Living-with-dementia/Day-to-day-living/Safety/Safely-Home