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Dressing

Problems with dressing may be caused by: Forgetting that it is time to change clothes Loss of understanding how to get dressed Inability to recognize parts of the body Room temperature that is too hot or too cold for dressing Distractions from people, clutter or noise Lack of privacy

Grooming

Problems with grooming may be caused by:  Forgetting that it is time to comb hair, brush teeth etc. Loss of understanding how to comb hair, brush teeth etc. Inability to recognize parts of the body Distractions from people, clutter or noise Lack of privacy Poor lighting Encourage person to do as much of the grooming […]

Toileting

Problems with toileting may be caused by: Forgetting where the bathroom is Not recognizing the need to void Not enough privacy or embarrassed to have the caregiver help Being rushed or taking too long to go to the bathroom Inability to stay focused long enough to complete toileting tasks Not enough strength, endurance, or balance  […]

Incontinence

Problems with incontinence may be caused by: Moving too slow to make it to the toilet in time Clothing may be too complicated to pull down quickly Loss of sensation of needing to use the toilet Inability to tell a someone that he/she needs to use the toilet Medical reasons for incontinence

Eating

Problems with eating may be caused by: Difficulties with swallowing Poorly fitted dentures or some type of mouth discomfort Side effects of medication Inability to recognize hunger Inability to recognize difference between food and non-food items Depression Some medical conditions Losing interest in food, or hoarding food Forgetting to eat

Nutrition

Reasons for malnutrition: Inability to fix a meal Forgetting to eat  Inability to recognize hunger  Decreased sense of smell and/or taste  Losing interest in food, or hoarding food  Inability to recognize difference between food and non-food items  Difficulties with swallowing  Poorly fitted dentures or some type of mouth discomfort Side effects of medication  Constipation  Depression  […]

Wandering

Wandering & Dementia Wandering is a common problem among people with dementia and refers to the urge to walk about or leave the home. Although exact estimates are hard to find, the Alzheimer’s Association reports that 60% of persons with Alzheimer’s disease will wander away from the caregiver at some time during their disease. Although […]

Bathing

Problems with bathing may be caused by: Temperature of the water is too hot or too cold Temperature of the bathroom is too hot or too cold Forgetting that he/she needs to take a shower/bath Not enough privacy or embarrassed to have the caregiver help Not enough contrast between tub and floor can be confusing […]