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Professional Dementia Caregivers Need Help Too!

Posted Nov 21 2009 12:00am

In addition to getting responses and comments on the blog, I get a few private emails per week from folks just like you who are looking for answers.  Usually, the email format allows for more personal and private information to be exchanged.

I received an email this week that was cute and seemed to be a general request for information that was probably sent out to many people.  I wanted to share it with you but I did remove the location and name of the party to protect their privacy.  Here it is......

Hello,
I am a nurse in a memory care community. I have a wonderful care staff that provides excellent care for our 40 Alzheimer's residents. I am so thankful for all of them.
I am looking for ideas and ways to express this in a meaningful and unique way to each of them, and ways to reward their efforts. Can you help me?
Thanks so much for your time and consideration. Happy Thanksgiving!
I loved the joyful tone of this email as the writer is a professional caregiver who is obviously in the right job!  Here is my answer to the writer:  The best gift you can ever give a person with dementia is to know them as an individual, all their likes, dislikes, passions, hobbies, friends, quirks, schedules, everything about them.  And with all that personal information, use it to trigger all the wonderful parts about them and then just love them, that's all.  Make them comfortable with wonderful activities to stimulate them and things around them to make them feel connected.

So what would you tell the writer to do?  Let's get some sharing going out there!

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