Caring for Someone with Dementia

The following are a few suggestions given by seasoned at-home caregivers employed by Right at Home who work with people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.  We hope their insights help you as you care for older people with memory loss.

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Keep trying different methods until you find one that works.

Have patience and compassion.


Touch and give hugs.

Compliment them.

Be consistent and supportive.


Be very, very patient.

Flex to each situation.

Maintain a person’s dignity.

Love them.


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Use creative problem solving.

Be in their reality, not your own.

Don’t expect them to be logical.


Watch your tone in speaking with them.

Use a sense of humor.


Have a “don’t sweat the small stuff” mentality.


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Be aware, understanding, and accepting of what losses the person is experiencing.

Reinforce and encourage the things they can still do.

Continue to treat the person as a person and not just someone with dementia.

Customize care according to specific symptoms and needs.

Use the kind of music they prefer to help connect with them.


Get to know their past to have ways to connect.

Extend your care to family members.






Julie Ellingson, LSW

October 29, 2013


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