Tip sheets for caregivers
Our downloadable, print-friendly and easy to read tip sheets aim to educate caregivers and provide strategies for a wide range of topics relevant to the caregiving role.
If you need more information about any of the topics listed below, contact the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region:
- New clients can fill out our online referral form
- Anyone can call our office at 905-687-3914
The Caregiving Role discusses possible experiences through the stages of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
Care for the Caregiver stresses the importance of taking care of yourself, as well as how to recognize and cope with stress.
Grief Related to Caregiving discusses grief and provides coping strategies during different stages of the caregiving journey.
How to Engage a Person with Dementia includes strategies to help you plan and provide meaningful activities.
How Do I Get My Relative Diagnosed? - Value of early diagnosis and tips on starting the conversation with the person
Taking a Break: Why It's Essential - Why it is important to take a break and strategies on how to arrange it
Memory Loss: Challenges & Strategies - Understanding memory loss and strategies to use in your daily life
Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) - Recognizing the warning signs and what to do
Anger/Agitation - Recognizing the warning signs and what to try
Behaviours: Understanding Changes - Why behaviours may occur and how to prevent or lessen the behaviour
Disinhibition - The signs and causes of behaviours that are tactless, inappropriate or offensive as well as some sources of help
Hoarding - Understanding reasons for hoarding and strategies for coping
Late Day Restlessness (Sundowning) - Identifying the triggers and some coping strategies
Paranoia/Delusions - Understanding paranoia and delusions and some coping strategies
Repetitive Behaviours - Why they happen and possible ways to respond
Sleep Disturbances - Why sleep disturbances occur and strategies to prevent them
Travel - Tips for travelling with someone who has dementia
Wandering - Understanding why this occurs and how to prevent it
Consent & Capacity
Consent and Capacity - Understanding capacity as it relates to dementia in Ontario
Care Planning Checklist for Caregivers - Caregiving checklist for the series of stages of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias
Having a Back-up Plan - Why it's important to have a plan and what to include in one
Preparing for In-home Help and Support - Ways to make in-home help and support a positive experience
Planning for a Day When You Can No Longer Drive - Suggested approaches to help the driver
When a Move is Necessary - Preparing and supporting the person with dementia
Maintaining Relationships - Understanding how dementia affects relationships and what will help
When Families Do Not Agree - Strategies in minimizing conflict and addressing caregiving issues in a supportive manner
Financial Planning - Maximizing income and benefits for the person with dementia
Finances and Long-Term Care - Frequently asked questions relating to residential care or long-term care homes
Managing Finances - Suggested strategies for caregivers in protecting assets for the person with dementia
After the Move: Adjustments for the Caregiver - Experiences and feelings about the move
After the Move: Communication and Working with Staff - Strategies to help you in your role as a "partner in care"
After the Move: Visiting - Suggested activities
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) Fact Sheet for Care Partners or Persons Living with Dementia - Information about UTIs