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Safety Tips When Working With A Client Who Has Alzheimer’s or Other Dementias


Easy to implement tips for relatives and caregivers of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other Dementias.

  • Store dangerous tools, such as grills, lawn mowers, knives and firearms in a secure
  • Remove any toxic plants or decorative fruits that a client might mistakenly try to
  • Remove any medications or other substances from open areas such as the kitchen table and counters. This might include vitamins, prescription drugs, or even sugar, sugar substitutes or seasonings. Keep medications in a locked area or out of reach.
  • Check the temperature of water and food, as your client may have difficulty telling the difference. This applies to water temperature in a bath and the temperature of hot food, for example.
  • Use contrasting colours to make steps and transitions easier to see. Avoid dark rugs as they may appear to be a hole.
  • Lock any hazard areas or cover the doors or locks so that they are disguised. Suggest placing locks either high or low on doors to make them less obvious.
  • Remove locks in bathrooms or bedrooms so that client cannot get locked inside.Home Care Hamilton helps older adults and the elderly live independently and safely at home.   “Call for a free personalized Care Consultation 905-521-5500”  


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6 Summer Safety Tips for the Elderly


Summer is my favorite time of year. I look forward to long scenic bike rides, pool parties and weekends at the cottage. While it’s great to get outside for long stretches of time and enjoy the warm air and bright sunshine, seniors must be careful of season’s heat and humidity.

Part of the reason why older people can’t handle the heat as well as those that are younger is because they don’t sweat as effectively and have poorer circulation. Older adults are also more likely to have medical conditions or are on medications that limit their ability to respond to changes or affect their cooling system, perspiration. Obesity, heart disease, dementia, diabetes and other chronic medical conditions are examples of conditions that compound this risk.

In order to safeguard your senior loved one from heat-related illnesses, as extreme as stroke, there are steps we can take to minimize the risk and ensure that they are able to take advantage of the benefits of this wonderful season.

  1. Review weather forecasts and make sure they ride out the extreme heat in a place that is air conditioned. If not in their home, plan for activities in a community centers, museums, shopping malls, etc. where the temperature will be controlled. Perhaps, there is a neighbor of family member whose home they can spend some time at.
  2. While margaritas at a beach front patio restaurant may seem attractive for most, these types of beverages will dehydrate your senior loved one and make them prone to the elements. Encourage them to drink plenty of non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated beverages, especially water.
  3. Dress in loose-fitting, light-colored clothing made of light fabrics such as linen and cotton. Hats are purposeful and can be very fashionable, but make sure that they are loosely woven or ventilated so they don’t trap heat. The best are those that are broad-brimmed so they shade the entire face.
  4. Use Sunscreen, with an SPF of at least 30, on all exposed body parts including the face and ears
  5. Avoid overexerting with strenuous activity; have family members or caregivers assist with these types of activities or if really necessary do these tasks really early in the morning. Periodic naps might also be a good idea.
  6. If you must be outdoors, stay in shaded areas near trees and/or water.

In spite of the potential hazard to seniors, summer is a great season! Knowing about the potential implications of extreme heat and taking preventative measures will ensure that they enjoy summer as much today as they did years ago. It may be that a day at the beach is swapped for some time at a public pool and a fancy “mock-tail” substituted for that margarita but the memory of this summer will markedly be remembered by the quality of time you spend with your senior loved one.

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Help for Caregivers in the Form of an iPhone App

Help for Caregivers in the Form of an iPhone App

This is not the time in her life when “Michelle” thought she would be facing this challenge.  She is a 40-something, married, mother of two (both under 10), and until recently her biggest challenge was maintaining a work/home life balance. On top of just dealing with the balancing-act of a full-time job, bakes sales, soccer games, etc. she also provides care for her father, Jim, who has Alzheimer’s.  His only other caregiver is his wife June, who is 68 and  relies heavily on her daughter to manage day to day activities.  Both women are exhausted, confused and overwhelmed.

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be a frightening and challenging task!

Alzheimer’s and other dementias caregivers now have help at their fingertips. Home Instead, Inc. just released a new iPhone app called Alzheimers and Other Dementias Daily Companion. You can download this iPhone app for free and use it to find tips, ask questions, offer support and find Alzheimer’s care services in your area.

This app will help build “Michelle’s” confidence to be able to provide care for her father and will arm her with immediate tips and practical advice for all of the behaviors and situations they face on a daily basis.  She can search for information regarding her particular circumstance and needs, and the app will return immediate and relevant answers. These tips are compiled by experts as well as family caregivers dealing with Alzheimer’s or other dementia illnesses.

This app is an extension of a new book, Confidence to Care: A Resource for Family Caregivers Providing Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias Care at Home, written by Molly Carpenter.  Molly has been at the forefront of Home Instead’s pioneering work on Alzheimer’s education. Now, Michelle and other caregivers everywhere have a reason to rejoice!  Help has found its way via Molly, Home Instead, and the iPhone.

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Behaviors Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementias

Behaviors Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementias

Behaviors Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias Changing Aging Through Research and Education

Outlined below are behaviors that may become evident with the progression of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. The following chart may be helpful to indicate the prevalence of these behaviors.


  • Doesn’t recognize familiar surroundings or faces
  • Hearing/seeing/believing things that are not real
  • Demonstrates impaired perception of reality
  • Acts fearful without good reason
  • Wandering
  • Trying to leave home to look for something
  • Wanting to go outside without proper clothing
  • Loses way in familiar surroundings


  • Refusing to do personal care activities (bathing, dressing, eating etc.)
  • Refusing to get out of bed
  • Refusing to take medications
  • Refusing or unwilling to attend social activities


  • Easily frustrated
  • Physical altercations (push or strike out)
  • Yelling and/or swearing
  • Repetition
  • Repeating questions and/or words
  • Repeating stories
  • Repeating activities


  • Restless
  • Pacing around the house

Sexual Inappropriateness

  • Inappropriate with self
  • Inappropriate with others

False Accusations

  • Becomes suspicious
  • Reaches illogical conclusions
  • Missing items are “stolen”

Local Home Instead Senior Care in Mississauga ON offers specialized training on Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias for their CAREGivers and for families –  please call 905-521-5500.

You will receive the following Alzheimer’s & Dementia caregiving information:

  • Access & Event Information for Free Monthly Online Live Chats with Experts
  • Receive Online Transcripts from Each Live Chat Event
  • Get Information from our Online E-learning Course for Caregivers
  • Latest News and Resources from the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Community
  • Receive Support from Over 200,000 in Our Facebook Community “Remember for Alzheimer’s”

Access your free copy of the Alzheimer’s Senior Emergency Kit using this link.

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