At some stages of dementia a Care recipient (cr) may wish to keep certain papers or objects in a particular place and become upset if other people organize those things

Try: #the personal box or briefcase may give the cr a sense of security as well as the opportunity to keep things that feel important nearby #if it will help the cr recognize the box or briefcase write the cr’s name on the briefcase or plastic box with the dimensional craft paint #fill it with treasures from the list above making sure you don’t include items the cr would be tempted to swallow and that the things included aren’t likely to be pulled into pieces small enough to eat #talk to the cr about the items inside only if the cr is comfortable talking about them sometimes cr’s feel protective of the items and fear people will take them #give the cr duplicates rather than originals of documents for the briefcase or box keep originals in a place where they are safe from being hoarded shared inappropriately or destroyed

Materials: Plastic box with several easy to open and close compartments or a medium-size vinyl briefcase dimensional craft paint optional several small items gloves small picture books small calendar greeting cards especially musical ones silky scarves key ring with keys no longer used small photos including those of family you may want to laminate the pictures

Categories: Cognitive Intellectual, Emotional Psychological, Mobility, Mobile, Independence, Some Supervision, Cognitive Awareness, Somewhat Aware, Long-Term Memory, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, Good S T Memory, So-So S T Memory

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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