Category: Work through emotional challenges


How do we personalise the hospital experience?

Answered by Mike and Liz What we tried… Liz has been in hospital more times that I can count. It can be such a depersonalising experience. I did lots of different things in the hospital environment to make it more personable and homely for Liz. […]

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How do I talk to my parents about getting older?

  What I tried…. Having a really open conversation about what was on my mind. I didn’t make a big deal out of it – otherwise Dad would have gone off the deep end. I just shared what I was feeling. I made sure it […]

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How do I help my aunt feel at home with me?

Answered by Sue, who looks after her great aunt What I tried… When my aunt moved in, both of us felt overwhelmed, and frankly a bit put out. She felt it wasn’t her space. I felt she was taking over some of mine. Neither of us had […]

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How do I keep dad from being so bored?

Answered by Steve who lives with his dad, Tom What I tried… My dad has emphysema and it’s quite an ordeal taking him out of the house. He was getting really down – he was an avid traveler in his day – so we’ve been […]

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How do I keep dad from breaking the dishes?

Answered by Sharon, daughter of Paul What I tried… Dad has dementia and kept breaking dishes while doing the washing up every night. We had over 30 plates broken! I found another role he could help with around the house – folding laundry – and […]

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How do I deal with my dad’s worsening memory?

Answered by Sharon, daughter of Paul What I tried… Dad has so many life stories and tall tales to share – but, with his dementia, he was starting to lose these memories. I didn’t want them all to be lost and forgotten when things got […]

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How do I engage my mum with dementia?

Answered by Kate, caring for her mum with dementia What I tried… I used Montessori principles to develop activities for mum. Montessori is a way of teaching and learning used with young children – but it can also be applied to older people with dementia. […]

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Magic Music Playlists

Care worker Joan has helped Bob develop his own music playlist. It’s been a great tool for getting friends & family involved, and reawakening some of Bob’s lost memories.

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