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Caregiver’s Guide: A Daily Dementia Tip to Understanding Dementia Behaviors

Innovative online and offline based practical resources for professional and family caregivers

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it better support family caregivers as they care for a loved one with dementia?

This idea is designed for Caregivers like Derick who has got many questions about how he can better care for his father but doesn't know where to turn to for answers. This tool is designed for both family and professional caregivers online and offline customized in multiple languages that guide caregivers through hands-on art experiences, from music to paintings and printmaking to poetry and movement with their loved ones.

Caring for a loved one with dementia poses many challenges for families and caregivers. People with dementia from conditions such as Alzheimer’s and related diseases have a progressive biological brain-disorder that makes it more and more difficult for them to remember things, think clearly, communicate with others, and take care of themselves. In addition, dementia can cause mood swings and even change a person’s personality and behavior. 

The Caregivers' Guide is a daily tip/article delivered to our Caregiver subscribers at their ease using both online and offline channels for instance, (Online: watsapp, facebook, twitter, email, etc) (Offline: Sms, phone call, newsletter, radio, Television etc.).

This daily tip provides some practical strategies for dealing with the troubling behavior problems and communication difficulties often encountered when caring for a person with dementia.

This is a self-paced creative platform that gives the caregiver access to dozens of activities that were designed by professional teaching artists. Participatory these lessons can be done with someone in the early to later stages of memory loss. 

Ranging from one minute to 25 these activities help the caregiver reconnect with their loved  one in a new and exciting way

The Caregivers' Guide will feature some of the following examples;

Tip Sheets

Bathing (for dementia)

Behavior Issues

Caregiver Depression: A Silent Health Crisis

Caregiver Self Care: Caring for You

Changing Places: Should Your Parents Move in with You?

Could It Be Their Brain? A Frontotemporal Dementia Checklist

Communication (for dementia)

Dental Care (for dementia)

Downsizing a Home: A Checklist for Caregivers

Dressing and Grooming (for dementia)

Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Caregivers

Feeding and Nutrition (for dementia)

Guidelines for Better Communication with Brain-Impaired Adults

Hands-On Skills for Caregivers

Incontinence (for dementia)

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

I intend to start with 10 Caregivers in Kampala each receiving a daily text about caring for persons with Dementia. This will roll for approximately 2 weeks after which those 10 used in experimental process shall be interviewed to find out how the Caregivers' Guide Tips were helpful to them as they continue to care for their loved ones.

What skills, input, or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Am so much interested in mentor-ship and any relevant information that might help me in refining this idea

How long has your idea existed?

  • 0-3 months

This idea emerged from

  • An Individual

Tell us about your work experience:

Joseph is an entrepreneur and innovative ideas builder enthusiastic about change and transformation in every sector of society.

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