Assisting with coping with Alzheimer’s or dementia by orienting and grounding the sufferer is an important Home Care task.

Home care aides provide supportive, compassionate, and friendly one-on-one interaction. Depending on the capabilities of the senior, they may spend time with them outdoors, going on walks, playing card games, cooking and sharing meals together, or simply having a conversation. This can be a great resource for those who may be feeling isolated or depressed, such as seniors experiencing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s or dementia.

For seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia, the home care aide may need to provide extra help with certain activities of daily living. The Alzheimer’s Association notes the following key areas:

  1. Bathing:
    • Preparing the bathroom in advance
    • Making the bathroom safe
    • Help the senior feel in control
    • Including the senior in the process
    • Respecting the senior’s dignity
    • Not worrying about the frequency of bathing
    • Being gentle
    • Being flexible
  2. Dental Care:
    • Providing short, simple instructions
    • Using a “watch me” or “hand-over-hand” technique
    • Monitoring daily oral care
    • Helping the senior to keep up with regular dental visits for as long as possible
  3. Dressing:
    • Simplifying choices
    • Organizing the process
    • Choosing comfortable and simple clothing
    • Being Flexible
  4. Eating:
    • Making mealtimes calm and comfortable
    • Offering one food item at a time
    • Encouraging independence
    • Being alert to signs of choking
  5. Grooming:
    • Continuing grooming routines
    • Performing tasks alongside the senior
    • Using safer, simpler grooming tools
  6. Toileting:
    • Making sure clothing is easy to remove
    • Removing obstacles
    • Creating visible reminders
    • Monitoring incontinence
    • Considering incontinence products
    • Being supportive

Home care helps seniors to feel less isolated and lonely, and to retain a greater sense of dignity when their mental facilities start to diminish.

Sampling of Products and Equipment to Help People Cope with Alzheimer’s and Dimential

Below is a sampling of products and equipment that are used in helping people to cope with Alzheimer’s and dimentia. Click on the links to find out more information, see other products selections, and if you like, to make a purchase from one of our providers.

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399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specially Designed to Keep Your Brain Young.

Cross-train your brain. All it takes is ten to fifteen minutes a day of playing the right games. (It’s fun.) Exercising your brain is like exercising your body—with the right program, you can keep your brain young, strong, agile, and adaptable. Organized on an increasing scale of difficulty from “Warm-up” to “Merciless,” here are 399 puzzles, trivia quizzes, brainteasers, and word game that are both fun and engaging to play, and are expertly designed to give your brain the kind of workout that stimulates neurogenesis, the process of rejuvenating the brain by growing new brain cells. Target Six Key Cognitive Functions: 1. Long-Term Memory. 2. Working Memory. 3. Executive Functioning. 4. Attention to Detail. 5. Multitasking. 6. Processing Speed.

Active Minds Image Snap – Association Game with 36 Cards | Specialist Games & Activities for Dementia / Alzheimer’s

  • COGNITIVE STIMULATION THERAPY | Association games are a great way to deliver cognitive stimulation therapy which is proven to be powerful in helping with the care of people with dementia
  • AWARD WINNING | Active Minds won outstanding dementia product at the 2015 National Dementia Care Awards
  • SPECIALIST DESIGN | Activities, games and age appropriate toys developed specifically for elderly people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s
  • ALL ABILITIES | Each pack contains three games of varying difficulty: Snap, Pairs and Full house
  • DURABLE MATERIALS | Thick matt laminated card are tough, easily cleaned and infection control compliant

Conversation Cards – Three-Deck Set – Reminiscence Activity for Alzheimer’s / Dementia / Memory Loss Patients and Caregivers Cards

The Three-Deck Set includes: Familiar Words, Nostalgic Items & Words for Guys Shadowbox Press Conversation Cards are designed to encourage individuals experiencing memory loss to reminisce about a particular aspect or experience from their lives-the events both big and small that helped us become the people we are today. Each deck contains 52 two-sided cards. The front of each card features a large, vivid photograph and the corresponding name of the item printed in bold, large-print text. The back of each card features nine questions-a combination of (4) closed-ended, (2) open-ended, (1) either/or, and (2) "Did you know" trivia questions. The questions are opinion-based-purposely created to have no right or wrong answer. The "Conversation Cards for Adults - Volume 1: Familiar Words" deck includes: alarm clock-apple-autumn leaf-baby-bird-bread-cat-cheese-chocolate-cinnamon-clown-coffee-cookie-corn-crayon-drum-elephant-fan-fire truck-flowers-fortune cookie-fruitcake-garlic-goldfish-horse-ice-ice cream-laundry ... and more. Our latest deck (launched in 2017), "Conversation Cards for Adults - Volume 2: Nostalgic Items" includes: apple pie-baby carriage-balloons-bicycle-books-camera-camper-cap gun-carnival-cast iron skillet-cookie jar-doll-dominoes-drive-in theater-egg beater-fondue-fountain pen-garden gnome ... and more. The "Conversation Cards for Men - Words for Guys" deck includes: bacon-baseball-beer-boat-bowling-boxing-bulldozer-car motor-chili-cigars-convertible-cowboy boots-dartboard-dog-donut-fighter plane-firecrackers-fishing-flannel shirt-football-golf clubs-grill-guitar-hammer-hot sauce-lantern-Las Vegas ... and more. Three decks - 52 cards per deck - 6" x 9"

CreateFun Noun Flash Cards – 50 Educational Vocabulary Builder Picture Cards – 5 Learning Games – Toddlers, Preschool Teachers, Speech Therapy Materials and ESL Teaching Materials

  • MASTER: Nouns and Categories. Ideal for Preschool Prep, Speech Therapy and ELL. Promote clear communication, conversation and development.
  • MODERN FLASHCARDS, Diverse Images, HD Quality Photos, Child and Adult Friendly.
  • IDEAL FOR Kids and Adults: Preschool Prep, Speech Therapy, ELL, Special Education PECS and ABA. With up to 25% more cards than other sets. 50 high quality flashcards 2 instructional cards! Whether you're a parent, teacher or therapist, use these pictures and words to promote clearer communication, critical thinking skills, conversation and reasoning for all ages.
  • IMPROVE YOUR STUDENTS understanding of matching items in the world around them, verbal and listening skills, English language and vocabulary development.
  • LARGE YET COMPACT: Will fit in your pocket! Comes with a wide selection of recognizable, everyday objects. Create games and promote easy learning out of the 5 starter teaching games!

in The Garden Aquapaint – Reusable Water Painting by Active Minds | Specialist Alzheimer’s/Dementia Art Activity w/Five Painting Designs

  • JUST ADD WATER – simply paint water onto the canvas and watch the image magically appear
  • REUSABLE – after each use the image will fade back to white to be fully reusable, lasting over 1 year with daily use
  • REMINISCENT IMAGE – 5 vibrant reminiscence images are suitable for people with visual impairment and to stimulate memories and conversation
  • AWARD WINNING – Active Minds won outstanding dementia product at the 2015 National Dementia Care Awards
  • SPECIALIST DESIGN – activities, games and age appropriate toys developed specifically for elderly people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s

Memory Aid Fidget Sensory Pad with 13 Activities for Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Anxiety

  • CALMING AND SOOTHING: Massive amounts of engaging items within the pad that are easy to use. Perfect solution for Seniors that suffer from Alzheimer, Dementia, Anxiety, and Nervousness.
  • MEMORY AID: Promotes memory aid and and with perfectly placed pouches for family photos.
  • MORE FEATURES, LESS COST: Packed with activities to keep loved ones engaged for hours on end.
  • TACTILE STIMULATION: Assorted fabrics with different textures to encourage exploring. Easy to use actual pouches for family photos to encourage finding. Large selection of variations of items to encourage continued use.
  • MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: Enjoy top quality, with more features then others. If you're not satisfied for any reason, just send it back for a full, no questions asked refund..

MKgames Social situations – 50 Photo Cards, Learning Products, Speech Therapy for Kids and Adults. Encourages Language Development, Communication and Conversation

  • Social Situations Photo Cards- was developed by an occupational therapist & special needs teacher, experienced in using creative tools for experiential play with their clients. Fun, educational and promotes cognitive skills for players of all ages. Ideal for supporting articulation & communication development.
  • Perfect tool for the professional toolkit of all: therapists, educators, parents, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, social workers for work with patients who have alzheimer's, dementia and autism. Perfect for 1:1 and group work
  • Perfect classroom activity for early learners or special education classrooms. Learning Game and toy Suitable for children and adults with autism, Aspergers, ADHD, dementia, developmental delay, or speech/language delay; or to anyone first learning or re-learning basic language skills
  • Contains: This kit of 50 large and durable photo cards features various social situations to generate conversation. Size 7.7" x 5". Enjoy playing and teaching with this set of high-quality, educational photo cards

Track Maze Marble Game by Active Minds | Specialist Alzheimer’s/Dementia Games & Resources for Improving Skills & Coordination

  • Designed to improve dexterity and engage the mind for people living with dementia
  • Light and easy to hold with strong color contrasts to support people with visual impairments
  • Guide the marble from one side to the other and then back in the fastest time possible

Twiddle Pup Sensory Toys for Autistic Children, Dementia, and Alzheimers Patients | Fidget Toys for Therapy and Anxiety Relief

  • EFFICIENT THERAPY AID: Sensory toys designed for anxiety relief and to increase brain activity in kids with Autism and seniors living with Alzheimers and other types of dementia.
  • THERAPY TOYS USES: Fun and effective dementia products are difficult to find. Twiddle Alzheimers products are great dementia activities for seniors and awesome gifts for autistic children too!
  • CUSTOMIZABLE FIDGET: Twiddle autism sensory toys include a silicone chew fidget, a therapeutic crackle pouch, a stretchy tassel, a textured patch, and a cloth hook and loop tab.
  • CERTIFIED AUTISM TOYS: The perfect anxiety relief aid for kids and seniors with special needs. Endorsed by AblePlay, and is recognized as Certified Autism Resource Products.
  • WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Twiddle stress relief toys are machine washable and dryer safe. Remove fidgets from the therapy aid before washing.