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Caregiver Resources

How to Care for Someone with Dementia

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or memory loss is never easy. Below is a collection of caregiving tips on how to care for someone with dementia.


Click on any topic below to read more.

Memory and Alzheimer's Assessment Test

We recognize that each family's experience in caring for someone with memory loss or Alzheimer's is unique. Use our assessment tool to learn where you and your loved one may be in need of additional help.

Understanding Dementia

If you have a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia we have tips to help you get a better understanding of the disease.

Making the Transition to Memory Care

Moving from one home to another can trigger anxiety for anyone. For a person with Alzheimer's disease, however, a changed routine and an unfamiliar environment can be extremely stressful.

Day After Move-in Planning

You’ve moved your loved one into a senior living community. Now what? Here are some tips to help you adjust to your new life.

Communication using Validation

Due to changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer's disease your loved one may experience memory loss, loss of reasoning, loss of cognitive/thinking skills and loss of judgement. Validation is a way of communicating with your loved one.

Managing Difficult Behaviors

People with dementia use behavior as a way to communicate. Once we understand why a person with dementia exhibits a specific behavior, we can focus on meeting the need instead of focusing on the behavior.

Bathing Tips

Bathing is a multi-step process. It is one of the activities of daily living that is most affected by dementia. There are many steps in the process of bathing and these steps can seem very difficult for the person with dementia.

Dressing Tips

Getting dressed is an important part of everyone's self esteem, but it is also something we typically do in private. Assisting someone, who has dementia, with dressing can be a challenge because it is something they are used to doing independently.

Toileting & Incontinence Tips

With the progression of Alzheimer's disease, your loved one may be experiencing the inability to control bowel or urinary urges.

Making Mealtime more enjoyable

Mealtime can be challenging for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or memory loss due to poor depth perception and physical changes. Click here for tips to help make meal times more enjoyable.

Caregiver Survival Tools

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia, can also be very stressful for the caregiver. Here are some tips for caregivers to help remind you to take time out for yourself.

The Holiday Tips

This can also be a very stressful time of year for a person with Alzheimer's or dementia. Preparing yourself, visitors, and your loved one can help make the holiday season a little more comfortable for everyone.