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Benefits of Activities: Benefits for Caregivers

It is the hope of most folks to be in their own home for as long as possible. Home caregivers (usually family members) make this possible longer for people who suffer from dementia or other neurological or physiological conditions by helping their loved ones adapt to and cope with limitations in ability, mobility, communication and cognition.

The caregiver is constantly working to stabilize or lessen the progression of disorders with exercise, nutrition, activity, hygiene and generally some mix of medicinal schedules. It can be a very hard and often heartbreaking job, yet so many take it on as a labor of love.

Studies have shown that “the health and general well-being” of a family caregiver can have a direct impact on the quality of life and success of therapy for dementia patients in their care.

Additionally, research indicates that dementia patients have higher rates of behavioral symptoms and mortality when cared for by carers who are stressed, use emotion-based coping (e.g., wishing that the disease would go away), or negative communication strategies.

Finding an effective coping mechanism for both the patient and the caregiver are important for all involved, as everyone’s health and well-being are inter-connected and inter-dependent.
Happily, there are many resources for the family caregiver to call on to help with the daunting and difficult task of providing home care for their loved one. Understanding the changing needs and communication strategies of their charges is an important factor in successfully managing a home care situation.

One such sources was provided by the Lewy Body Dementia association, found online here (http://www.lbda.org/content/understanding-behavioral-changes-dementia), the document helps to set expectations about caring for people with dementia, and also offers a helpful section titled “Care for the Caregiver” that includes common sense suggestions for maintaining personal equilibrium in the face of such demanding and difficult work.

Many other sources for information and helpful resources for the caregiver can be found online, with many different organizations providing helpful resources for home caregiving needs.
If you need help with finding and connecting with useful resources, drop us an email at customerservice@amindtocare.com and we’ll be happy to pass on any information we have available.

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New Patented Dementia Activity Therapy System Launched in California

A Mind to Care LLC, a father and daughter run business based in Redondo Beach, California, is delighted to announce the launch of a unique, patented, Activity & Game Therapy System, designed to assist people living with Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Stroke, ALS and other cognitive impairment conditions, and the Caregivers who care for them.

The Activity Therapy system was originally designed by Scott Silknitter, who saw at first hand the struggles that his mother went through as she cared for his father, who was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease.

The system is modular, consisting of a Console, hand-crafted from beautiful Baltic Birch wood, into which can be inserted a variety of different Game Boards and Dry Erase boards, offering a variety of activities including Peg Tic Tac Toe, a colored pegs sorting game, a dice game, jigsaw puzzles, craft boards, re-usable dry erase coloring boards, together with boards designed to hold playing cards, and a Feelings board, to help communicate how the User feels at any given time.

The system can be purchased either as an off the shelf kit, tailored to an individual Carer, or for an Assisted Living Facility or, alternatively, individual items can be selected from the A Mind to Care website and purchased independently, or as part of a custom kit to suit specific requirements.

Full details, along with demonstration videos, can be found here at the A Mind to Care website.

Our Mission is to help as many people as we can by improving quality of life through entertainment and activity.