Care recipient (cr) has difficulty with new or more complex tasks like shopping managing checkbook meal preparation driving

Try: Maintain cr’s routine and avoid new situations if it stresses cr monitor refrigerator for outdated or moldy food stacks of mail for unpaid bills etc and provide assistance to cr through informal natural and formal supports establish a calendar reminder system that enhances or is built on systems cr used previously to aid memory help cr maintain or enhance organizational systems for keeping track of things provide emotional support and reassurance if cr becomes suspicions or paranoid avoid correcting or argument – instead empathize and reassure attach mechanical tracking devices to frequently misplaced items; purchase duplicate items for things that are often lost place important duplicate items with trusted neighbors family members like house or car keys

Materials: Calendar or printed reminder system mechanical tracking devices duplicates of frequently misplaced items

Categories: Sage, Topic, Maintenance, Medical Physical, Personal, Independence, No Supervision, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Cognitive Awareness, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware, Long-Term Memory, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, So-So S T Memory, Poor S T Memory

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References: planning guide for dementia care at home a reference tool for care managers by the alzheimer’s association, south central wisconsin chapter the wisconsin alzheimer’s institute and the wisconsin bureau of aging and long term care resources division of disability and elder services department of health and family services 2004 available at www dhs wisconsin gov

Keywords: Adls forgets forgetfulness memory loss misplaces things lost car keys gets suspicious accuses others of theft

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

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