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Finding Quality Home Care in Rochester is Easier Than You Think!

Between the demands of family, work and household chores, it can be hard to find the answers and information you need to provide the quality care your loved ones deserve. The good news is you’re not alone! From exploring your long-term care options and choosing the right caregiver, to the latest research in senior care and medical alert systems, Home Helpers & Direct Link has got you covered!

Alzheimer’s/Dementia

A person who is having cognitive failures repeatedly needs to have some opportunities to succeed. You must make this achievable for them, so they are not experiencing failure after failure. Adjust the expectations for the person with Dementia (PWD) so they can consistently experience success rather than failure and frustration.

Debra Kostiw is very familiar with the many changes that families struggle to understand and deal with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. What works today may not work tomorrow. Use this example of 10 Absolutes to help make life easier for both the person with dementia (PWD) as well as the caregiver. Simplify daily tasks and create positive interactions, and success. Compliments of Jo Huey.

TEN ABSOLUTES

ABSOLUTELY NEVER!

1. ARGUE

instead

AGREE

2. REASON

instead

DIVERT

3. SHAME

instead

DISTRACT

4. LECTURE

instead

REASSURE

5. SAY "REMEMBER"

instead

REMINISCE

6. SAY "I TOLD YOU"

instead

REPEAT/REGROUP

7. SAY "YOU CAN’T"

instead

DO WHAT THEY CAN

8. COMMAND/DEMAND

instead

ASK/MODEL

9. CONDESCEND

instead

ENCOURAGE/PRAISE

10. FORCE

instead

REINFORCE

©Huey 1996

Important Tips:

  • Make sure your house number is clearly visable from the street, even at night, for emergency responce vehicles.
  • In most cases you can write off Home Care on your taxes. Please consult your personal accountant on this issue.

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