Category Archives: Caregiver Tips

When it’s time for Assisted Living…

assisted living

As an Occupational Therapist in an Assisted Living Facility, I frequently witness the transitional process as a family visits, selects, and moves their loved one into their new single or shared room or apartment. I often hear the voice of the new resident, filled with uncertainty and anxiety, met with the encouragement and reassurance of

Daily Dementia Dose: Word for the Day is “Love”…


The other day, I did my podcast interview with Chad Welch. There was one word that stood out to me in that podcast interview and that word is “Love.” He kept on repeating that word in the podcast – “I love my mom.” And that’s what we should focus on. Loving your family, and loving your

Daily Dementia Dose: Fail. Fail fast. And Get Up Fast.


Most of the time, we as caregivers always want to be perfect. As a physical therapist, I try to be perfect with my patients, and I want everything to be right. When we’re taking care of dementia patients, it’s not always perfect. If they have a stroke, UTI, or whatever illness, it’s not always perfect.

MisUnderstanding Dementia Podcast With Peter Berry

With Peter Berry

  Today we have Peter Berry as our guest. Peter used to run a lumber business for 20 years, and he was just recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s three years ago. We talk about Alzheimer’s and we also want to talk about successes in life. Peter just recently finished 354 miles of riding a bicycle for

MisUnderstanding Dementia Podcast With Ashley Nicole Patterson

With Ashley Nicole Patterson

    Ashley Nicole Patterson is an activity assistant in a nursing home in Maryland. 01:00 – Ashley tells us about herself 03:00 – How did Ashley become an activity assistant? 06:00 – Ashley talks about the activities they do to help their patients’ cognitive skills 07:30 – Ashley talks about the struggles of caring for patients 10:15 – Why do caregivers

MisUnderstanding Dementia Podcast With Chad Welch

Misunderstanding Dementia Podcast

Chad is a full-time caregiver who takes care of his mother and an administrator of the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group that we are supporting. In this episode: 01:00 – Chad tells us about himself 05:00 – Mike and Chad talk about their loved ones who they had to take care of and of treasuring

Daily Dementia Dose: Do you feel like you are losing hope?

That is completely normal. I received a message from a random person and she said that I am just giving hope. We have to have hope. You have to have something to look forward to. If there’s hope in the future, then there’s power in the present. We need to provide hope not only for

Daily Dementia Dose: Have you ever felt you just want to shout as a caregiver?

Daily Dementia Dose: Have you ever felt you just want to shout as a caregiver? Have you ever felt that sometimes as a caregiver, you just want to give up or just shout? Just get out of the situation? Several weeks ago I went to a nursing home and the patient just did not want me.