Are You Utilizing the Best Tools in Your Dementia Care Journey?

In this episode, Lizette introduces a unique approach to understanding and managing dementia care using the analogy of an airplane. The focus is on the role of 'slats' – elements that ease the process in aviation – and how similar aids can be applied in dementia care.

0:00:59 Exploring the Role of Slats in the Dementia Journey
0:02:04 Gizmos and Gadgets: Easing the Dementia Care Process
0:08:32 Strategies and Resources for Easing the Burden of Dementia Care

Understanding Dementia through Unique Analogies

The episode creatively uses the analogy of an airplane to make the complexities of dementia care more understandable. This approach demystifies dementia, making it simpler for caregivers to grasp and manage.

Gizmos and Gadgets: Simplifying Dementia Care

A significant part of the discussion revolves around various 'gizmos and gadgets' that can assist in dementia care. These tools are designed to ease the challenges caregivers face, from non-intrusive monitoring systems to helpful apps. The podcast highlights several of these innovative tools, emphasizing their practicality in managing daily caregiving tasks.

Continuous Learning and Adaptation

Lizette shares her journey of continuous learning and adapting new tools and strategies. This segment inspires caregivers to remain open to new information and resources, emphasizing the ever-evolving nature of dementia care.

Strategies and Resources for Caregivers

The episode also going into practical strategies and resources that can alleviate the burden of caregiving. It encourages caregivers to explore and utilize various aids and platforms that are specifically designed for dementia care.

Conclusion: A Community of Support and Growth

This podcast episode is more than just a discussion; it's an invitation to join a community of caregivers seeking to grow and improve in their journey. It emphasizes the importance of sharing experiences and learning from each other, making the challenging journey of dementia care a bit more navigable.

To our podcast listeners: How have you incorporated new tools and strategies into your dementia care practices? Share your experiences and insights with us!

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Exploring the Role of Slats in the Dementia Journey

[1:00] Well, welcome back to today's program. Today we are going to talk about the slats.

I have my handy dandy cheat sheet because, you know, airplanes aren't my forte, but we are going to look at how slats play a role and what the slats potentially could be in our dementia journey, Right.

We are unpacking an airplane or using the analogy of an airplane in order to explain the process of dementia.

And so I divided up every different section of a plane with different parts of dementia to try to make it easy for people to understand and easy for people to remember.

So the slats, what do the slats do on an airplane? plane.

Slats are used in the takeoff and the landing process of a flight.

It is used to create lift and drag.

So lift and drag. So in our dementia flight, what I've included under.

Gizmos and Gadgets: Easing the Dementia Care Process

[2:04] The slits are what I call gizmos and gadgets, right?

Anything that can make our life easier in the dementia process, because we want to decrease the lift and the drag on a person and a care partner dyad when we're working with people with dementia, right? We want to make it It is easy as possible.

And so in the term slats, I want us to think about how do we make it easier during the takeoff or the landing process by making it easier, giving us gizmos and gadgets.

So gizmos and gadgets. There are lots of different gizmos and gadgets, and I'm just going to name a few that I've come across. And as I as I continue to expand and learn more and add more, I used to believe this is really funny.

It's not really funny, but it's it's kind of I will tell you, I have always considered myself in the last several years as being pretty proficient in dementia.

[3:09] And the more I learn about dementia, the more I realize I don't know anything about dementia. dementia.

I became a Alzheimer's disease and dementia care trainer so that I could teach the course leading to a person becoming a certified dementia practitioner.

And in that process, I've gotten a whole bunch of books and other things that I now use.

And I'm like, I know a lot about dementia and I'm realizing I don't know hardly anything about dementia.

And so as I I continue to learn. I continue to add to my own repertoire.

So when I was a new grad occupational therapy, my toolkit was pretty small, right?

I didn't have a lot of things, tools, tricks in my bag.

My bag of tricks is a lot bigger, which always amazes students because when they come to Unibright, their bag of trick is nothing.

But as I've grown as an occupational therapist in my own journey, and as I'm helping support my parents who have...

[4:07] Difficulty. I have noticed I really don't know that much. And I continue to learn every day.

I'm just going to mention a couple of gizmos and gadgets.

There's some non-intrusive monitoring systems out there. What does that mean?

It means it's not a camera-based monitoring system.

There are camera-based monitoring systems that we can use that I recommend people install under certain certain circumstances.

There's a place called the Dementia Action Alliance, which is a wonderful place to find some additional information.

There's a magazine called Mirador Magazine, and I'm just naming a few things that I'm going to be asking these people to come on and explain their processes.

There are lots of apps. There's some apps available that you can use.

There's one one called Life Talks, Your Life Talks, I'm sorry, Your Life Talks, which is an app that you can download on your phone and use to record your person that you love who has dementia in order for them, for you to have a record.

And you can record things earlier on as you're discussing things, and you can certainly use them to record later on so that you can remember your loved one with dementia.

I think it's a great app. I'm still going to have her on my program.

[5:33] There's a thing called an eCare diary, which is also an app-based service where you can diarize things to kind of work on dementia behaviors and control and keeping a record of what's going on in the person that you care for.

Because dementia and dementia behavior, dementia and challenging plunging behaviors always tend to follow a pattern.

[5:58] We don't necessarily see the pattern because we're so busy. We're so busy in our own worlds.

We're trying to deal with mom and bathing and or, you know, running a household and still working full time.

And all of these challenges, right, that we have when we're supporting people that we love with dementia.

I know that people watching these programs or listening to these programs are either spouses of someone with with dementia, sometimes they're still working full time, or they're care partners of someone with dementia, a significant other of somebody with dementia.

[6:33] That has retired. Sometimes they're physically frail themselves.

There's, you know, whatever your imagination is, we can imagine all of the hundreds of thousands of difference of combinations.

Are they children of people with dementia?

Are they children of people with dementia who were abused by the person with dementia that causes all sorts of other challenges, right?

So we don't necessarily always think in terms of all of these different things when we're working.

[7:05] When we're trying to see why somebody is behaving or having certain interactions with us, whether it be us or them or the environment.

And that's why these apps, the e-care diary, or even just a behavioral diary like my friend Melissa Lopez has a book that she wrote on how to diarize we recommend you diarize all the time because even sometimes because we're not paying attention we don't notice the pattern but as soon as you start to write it down people start to notice the pattern I'll just use this as an example I've just recently worked with the husband husband-wife combination where toileting was a major big issue for her.

And it's not that she didn't want to help him. It's just something she preferred not to do.

And it was a hard thing for her to do with her husband when he had been incontinent.

And so what I had her do was diarize it. And then we came up with a strategy attached to the diary, which was toileting him every two to three hours, Wake him up first thing in the morning, give him a urinal, have him toilet before you, you know, do something else, because she would let him sleep until about 10 o'clock in the morning.

And so coming up with these.

Strategies and Resources for Easing the Burden of Dementia Care

[8:32] Strategies, using strategies and using these gizmos and gadgets to make your life easier in the dementia process can truly, truly, truly significantly ease the burden of the care partner, the care partner, whether it be a spouse, a child, whoever.

There's another one called, which I'm also going to invite her onto my program where she can actually show show people her product.

And it is for people with dementia and their care partners and formal care partners like facilities or people like myself that have a consulting business in dementia and dementia care.

There's the Dementia Society of America. There's the Alzheimer's Association.

[9:20] There's the, you know, all of these different countries.

Most of what I'm going to be be doing is going to be United States based because that's where I live.

But as I come across interesting things from other countries, I'm certainly going to include them in my repertoire because why not?

The world is a small place, right? Did you know every three seconds globally, somebody is being diagnosed with dementia?

That's a staggering number that just absolutely blows my my mind just blows my mind that so many different people are being diagnosed with some form of dementia every single day globally all over the world and and we here in the united states are so blessed we don't even understand how blessed we are um and so i'm going to continue to use the slats section and as i do the once we're done with introductions which will be in a couple more um.

[10:20] Videos a couple more days what we will do is every section that i do whatever i'm going to talk about i'm going to tell you which part of the plane it fits into so i'm not always going to be doing the videos and the the podcast in this format i'm going to be going back to more in the question and answer format answering people's questions telling people where to include it And, you know, it's going to be a very fluid, robust podcast.

So I hope you join me in the journey.

And we were talking about slats, slats, which are used to help slow things down and make things easier in our dementia journey.

And I am so grateful for you guys for joining me remember to subscribe like and share as much as possible subscribe to my youtube channel called think different dementia subscribe to the podcast at wherever podcasts can be found like and share on facebook please like and share and join my facebook group if you're not part of it called think different dementia education group and as As always, thank you for joining, and the Lord bless you and keep you.

I hope you guys know I'm a Christian. I'm a Reformed Christian.

I pray for the people in these groups and people listening to my podcast every single day.

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About the author

“Think Different” Dementia’s owner, Lizette Cloete, OTR/L graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 1992. Lizette has almost 30 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist in a variety of settings, the latest being in the home health environment. She enjoys teaching on the topic of dementia, most recently presenting at a national conference on the topic “Dementia Made Simple”.

Disclaimer: These blogs, videos and any work done by Lizette Cloete OT, as a Member of Think Different Dementia, LLC, is given only as educational content and consulting work. This does not create an Occupational Therapist-Patient Relationship. The educational content and consulting work performed should not be considered medical treatment as an Occupational Therapist. The consulting work does not take the place of medical work normally performed by a licensed Occupational Therapist. Please consult a licensed Occupational Therapist for medical advice.

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