Abe’s Garden® shares knowledge as part of our mission to establish best practices and elevate the quality of dementia care on our campus and throughout the nation.
Advice for caregivers to engage loved ones with dementia:
Start with simple tasks that offer success. If it is not successful, put the blame on yourself. “I am so sorry, I didn’t get you the right supplies,” even if that isn’t the truth.
Begin the activity working together at first. If they don’t know how to do it, they will mirror you.
Praise in an adult way. Thank them after each purposeful task.
Invite and encourage them to participate by saying “I need your help. Please help me.”