Memory is stored based on emotions felt. Training is best when conducted face to face. There is no substitute. If you want people to best recall the training then it needs to be via a personal session. https://www.td.org/Publications/Magazines/TD/TD-Archive/2014/09/Webex-Face-to-Face-Training-Is-Still-the-Better-Choice
Our philosophy of care based on practicalities of real world experiences
Why not take a quick look at our new flyer available at the following link: It is easy to lose sight of the actual person with a lifetime of experiences and emotions as they move towards their own sunsets.
Call out to knitters; Twiddle Mitts
From Mary-Julia Lomax on Facebook we get this request: Calling all Knitters! I have just been to a 2 day dementia course and seen these amazing Twiddle Mitts. They are a knitted mitt which can be used to cover canulas so the patient is not pulling the canula but twiddling with the mitt instead. They can also be used as a distraction for dementia patients who often like to twiddle with things. The hospital are crying out for more to be knitted as they are single patient use so the patient will go home with it on discharge. Anything can…
Perfect Petzzz for dementia
Take a look at these realistic, breathing dogs and cats. They are wonderful, no hassle companions for elders with dementia. They provide comfort, tactile stimulation and a sense of normalcy. Run, do not walk, to buy them. http://www.precious-petzzz.co.uk
Weighted Blankets help dementia elders feel comfort and security.
Weighted Blankets for Dementia Elders. The onset of an individual’s dementia can be a difficult time for the entire family. Typically, the dementia becomes noticeable when a person begins repeating themselves, forget to perform everyday tasks, and have trouble putting names and faces of family members together. They may seek comfort and security by pacing, doing repetitive tasks or some other obsessive behaviour. Giving the elder a weighted blanket provides comfort through the naturally pleasant feeling of being held. Many have described the added weight in a weighted blanket as feeling like a hug. Being able to give a loved…
Chewing on objects; common in dementia
Elders in severe stage dementia often have a need to chew or suck on objects. Objects such as clothing, wood, leather, other people even, which can all seem inappropriate and disturbing to carers. The drive behind the behaviour is a need for comfort. Just as infants like to suck or bite, so do elderly in the severe stage of a dementia journey. It brings sensory stimulation, a rhythmic movement and a sense of security. As we want to fill this need and bring that much needed security and comfort to the person, we should assist in finding the right, safe,…
Some book recommendations.
I am always on the look out for books on dementia. Not just academic or clinical books, but books which show the 'other' side of dementia; the personal, the humorous, some insight, the sharing of practicalities. With those issues in mind, I have stumbled across a few I want to share, hope you like them. Dear Dementia: Laughter and Tears by Ian Donaghy. 'Can I tell you about having a stroke' by Lisa Taylor [a children's book about a grandfather following his stroke, but cross over with vascular dementia. Also excellent for adults.] Practical Supervision by National Skills Academy. Great…
WELCOME TO OUR NEW WEB SITE.
Here it is, our new web site finally up and running thanks to the terrific talents of Neil our web designer. We hope you find the site easy to navigate, as we want you to enjoy your visits here. Along with the booking format which should allow you to book onto a training course with ease, we have endeavoured to cover every aspect of our services, especially the work we are doing with councils, organisations and charities. Plus the other side of our work; our wonderful private clients, each one a valued and wonderful addition to my life as I…
Territorial Wandering in the Elderly Male with Dementia
Over the past several years, as I consult to care homes across the UK, I have observed elderly gentlemen patrolling a given area of their care home, and occasionally urinating along the walls, or in objects, in that same area. The staff see it as a continence issue and a ‘wandering’ pattern. Recently I witnessed two elderly men having a heated argument when one man tried to walk into the other’s patrolled area. The light bulb shone in my brain: is this a primitive territorial issue? I asked five care homes to assist me on a project. Monitor the patrolling…