One day, I was trying to leave the house to teach a class on Person Centered care. I was already late. My Mom who was living with Alzheimer’s, and my (then) 5-year-old were deep into a game of War (4 packs of cards-serious game). I kissed each on the cheek to say “bye”. My daughter asked, “Where are you going?” “To teach a class,” I said. “About what?” asked Mom. I quickly explained what is. Too many words, I thought. I probably went too deep for her. My Mom looked confused, “Isn’t that just: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you?” My daughter said, “You mean you have to teach people to be nice to each other?” “That’s basically
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It may seem silly but a simple picture and some arrows may help you out. If you are noticing that the person you care for is starting to look for their room or can’t find where the coffee mugs are, then it may be helpful to put up a few signs to direct them where items are. It can help keep the person independent by using the cues/signs you put up for them. Bathroom? Put up the toilet picture and a couple of arrows to show which way. Coffee mugs or other kitchen items? Put some stickie notes on the cabinets or masking tape. “My Mom is driving me crazy cause she is always opening all the cabinets and slamming them shut when she can’t