A selection of tools to help you care for someone with dementia.
Sometimes the trick is to know which questions to ask. This downloadable document is full of good considerations when trying to get to the meaning of a behavioral communication.
Pain Assessment in Advanced Dementia Scale
An excellent, research-backed tool for identifying non-verbal signs of pain. The PAINAD also allows you to measure, track, and communicate pain concerns more effectively with the healthcare team.
This questionnaire is used by many medical providers to measure distressing behaviors. It's an excellent tool for measuring and communicating behavioral concerns with the doctor effectively.
This proven tool is very effective in identifying potential depression in older adults with or without dementia. It relies on objective caregiver observations rather than the person having to accurately recall information about how they've been feeling.
This tool is more medical in nature, but can be helpful for those who need to track and communicate data on the frequency, intensity, or nature of a person's distressed/distressing behaviors.
Constipation is at the core of how we feel, and many behavioral concerns. This widely-used chart can show you what healthy stool should look like and help communicate concerns with the medical team.
ABC Dementia Blog - Explore ways to Appreciate Behavioral Communication in Dementia
Tracking Behaviors: A Powerful Tool in Dementia Care
Growing Proactive Learn valuable information about: - Looking for patterns - Finding the root cause - Making data measurable - Communicating effectively with the doctor to create real results
Finding the Message in the Fall contains valuable information about finding the root cause, as well as deciphering behaviors, especially as they relate to falls.