An educational program for caregivers, family and friends of persons living with dementia, providing resources for the greater community.

InGraned Education, a division of Grane Hospice Care, specifically focuses on hospice care education. We have a portfolio of CEU and non CEU programs that are available to staff, our referral sources and healthcare professionals, as well as family and community members. This program was created to make Grane Hospice Care as the leader in hospice care education in all of our markets across Pennsylvania.

Caregiving for a Loved One with Dementia

Do you have a loved one with dementia? Are you sad, mad, frustrated, tired and wondering why this is happening to you and your loved one? What did anyone do to deserve this? These feelings are all normal and unfortunately you are not alone. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 675,000 caregivers of people with dementia in Pennsylvania.

People Will Never Forget How You Made Them Feel

Caring for a loved one who has dementia can become extremely difficult. Dementia treats everyone different and doesn’t act the same in any person. Sometimes you may experience “behaviors” from your loved one. Behaviors are a form of communication. No matter how frustrating it is, it is important to understand that he/she is trying to tell you something. If you can start to think of behaviors as an unmet need, it is easier to understand. It could be that your loved one is hungry, thirsty, hot, cold, in pain, or may just be bored. Sometimes it could be nothing except his/her brain just getting stuck on something. It could be an unlimited number of needs and sometimes we have to act as an investigator to find out what it is.

How Can We Help?​

  • Call them by their name (or a nickname they are familiar with).
  • Tell them who you are using a calm, gentle voice.
  • Use short, simple sentences and speak slowly.
  • It is best to have no distractions around.
  • Avoid phrases like “Remember this?” 
  • Reassure them always.
  • Allow enough time for them to process what you said and to find an answer. Sometimes, this can take up to 90 seconds. It’s best to just let them think. Don’t ask more questions while waiting for an answer.
  • No matter how bad the disease progresses, try to remember that they are adults. Try to talk to them as you normally would and do your best to avoid asking a lot of questions.

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