Cares - Dementia-Related Behavior


Here’s your chance to “test drive” the CARES® Dementia-Related Behavior program. Simply click on each button to experience a few of the many screens included in this program. Each screen will automatically play a demonstration, so sit back and enjoy the ride!
Dementia-related behavior can take a toll on family and staff, so understanding the feelings and perspectives of everyone involved is important. This exercise helps users put themselves in the shoes of a family member as well as a nurse aide. Then, users are encouraged to reflect upon their own feelings about caring for people who are experiencing dementia-related behavior.
The strategies in this program focus on our hallmark CARES® Approach—an approach that is particularly effective when caring for people experiencing dementia-related behavior. As the name implies, the CARES Approach is really about showing that you care and helping people with dementia in a sensitive, thoughtful, and respectful way.
Connecting with a person with dementia is one of the most important steps in the CARES® Approach and is key to minimizing dementia-related behavior. This activity allows users to explore different ways of getting to know Marty, a nursing home resident with dementia, so that it’s easier to connect with him.
How to connect with a person who experiences dementia-related behavior varies from person to person. But, sometimes it’s helpful to have a variety of ideas to try when it comes to connecting. This screen does just that! It provides lots of real-world examples, so that users can see the effectiveness of maintaining connections.
Reading behavior, especially dementia-related behavior, and understanding that it's a form of communication is an important skill to have. Equally important is knowing just how to respond to each person based on who he or she is. This activity fosters those skills in an interesting way by asking users to test their detective skills in 10 different scenarios!
Resisting, hitting, swearing…it can be hard to know just how to respond to specific dementia-related behaviors like these. This screen provides practical video examples of "key" responses as well as ideas for how to share sensitive information with family members.