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Each caregiving journey is unique to the person in need of care and their caregiver. When it comes to being a caregiver for someone with dementia, the more informed a caregiver is about the illness, the better care they can provide.

Take our dementia care quiz and learn some facts about providing care for someone with dementia.

1. How should a caregiver provide care for a person going through a sundowning episode?

The correct answer is: c) Treat them as you always have and speak to them in a calm voice.

According to our article, Caring For Someone Who Experiences Sundowning, caregivers of people going through a sundowning episode should “refer to them as you always have in a calm voice, and gently re-orient them to their surroundings. Using simple terminology, you may want to describe where the person is, why they are there, who is with them, and what will take place over the next few minutes."

2. What is an easy and safe strategy that family caregivers can use at home to help someone with dementia fall sleep?

The correct answer is: d) Encourage and assist the person in your care use the bathroom before bed.

A full bladder can wake someone up from a deep sleep or prevent them from getting any sleep. If the person in your care is having difficulty sleeping because of dementia, here are some sleep strategies that you may want to try.

3. A person who has been diagnosed with dementia has Alzheimer’s disease.

The correct answer is: b) False

Dementia is the general term used to describe a severe decline in memory and mental ability that interferes with daily life, while Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia. It’s a common misconception that dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are two interchangeable terms. Knowing the correct terminology will help you learn more about the type of dementia the person in your care has and how to be a more informed advocate and caregiver.

Learn more about the different types of dementia in our article, How Much Do You Know About Dementia?

4. Why should a person with dementia be encouraged to get involved in meaningful daily activities such as folding and sorting laundry or washing and drying the dishes?

The correct answer is d) All of the above

As a caregiver of a person with Alzheimer’s disease, it may be difficult to watch the person in your care struggle to remember how to do a simple task and you may be tempted to take on all these tasks yourself. However, asking the person to help you with meaningful tasks like helping with the laundry or dishes, will help them to retain their independence, and their role within the family, and give them a sense of purpose.

5. Which of the following is a safe way to reduce the risk of wandering for the person in your care?

The correct answer is a) Paint the front door the same colour as the wall

Dementia Wandering is a serious risk for someone with dementia. One way that family caregivers can reduce that risk of wandering is by “camouflaging” the door, by painting it the same colour as the wall. Other ways to disguise the door are with curtains, posters, or mirrors.

6. At what stage of Alzheimer’s disease does the amount of hands-on caregiving usually start to increase?

The correct answer is b) Middle stage

During the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, the family caregiver will find that the amount of hands-on help they need to provide increases. Some of the caregiving activities may include: planning, organizing, helping with personal care tasks, advocating for the person, and making decisions concerning finances and health care. Read our article, Alzheimer’s Dementia Stages: What To Expect As A Caregiver to learn about each stage of caregiving associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

7. What is the DementiAbility Method?

The correct answer is a) Activities that meet the needs of a person with dementia and are based on Montessori teaching methods

The DementiAbility Method states that by “preparing the environment, you are setting people up for success and enabling them to be the best that they can be. In doing so, you are creating an environment where someone with dementia can thrive through increased independence, higher self-esteem, and fulfilling a meaningful role in society.” Learn more about the DementiAbility Method and how you can apply these concepts in your caregiving in our article, Montessori-Based Activities For Persons With Dementia.

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Being a caregiver for someone with dementia can be challenging regardless of what stage of dementia they are in.

Elizz can help.

An Elizz Caregiver Coach can help you navigate the complex challenges you face as a family caregiver caring for someone with dementia. An Elizz Caregiver Coach will work with you to establish a personalized and detailed dementia caregiving plan that you can confidently follow.

Call 1-855-Ask-Eliz (275-3549) or visit our website to book your virtual coach call today.

At Elizz, we provide caregiver support for you and home care services for those who depend on you. Elizz is a Canadian company powered by Saint Elizabeth, a national not-for-profit health care organization that has been caring for Canadians since 1908.

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