You can play a vital role in easing the transition from home to facility by sharing your knowledge about the person. After all, who can better explain her life-long habits, likes, dislikes, favourite foods, music and hobbies than you?
Communicating appropriate information about her personal life, former occupation and daily routines can help staff care for her by helping them get a picture of her as she was before the disease.
You may also be able to pass on coping strategies that have worked for you while caring for her. Some caregivers write this information down as a mini-biography. Others use memory books, photo albums or home-made videos. The Alzheimer Society's Personal Care Book may be useful in helping you create this personal profile.
Communicating with staff
You and the person with dementia will come into contact with many people at the long-term care facility — health-care aides, nurses, activity staff, housekeepers and volunteers. It is helpful to establish a primary contact person to determine who to speak to when you have questions or concerns.
Last Updated: 01/23/12