Doctors explain the causes, symptoms, and treatment, along with tips on how you can help but this is not always enough.
We believe that every person affected by Dementia needs to have people around them that are patient, compassionate and can help to ease their frustration.
With a few simple tips from this blog and some practice, we hope that the families whose parents/grandparents struggle with the condition, can tackle it, guilt-free and happily.
Before we get to it, here’s some information about Dementia:
Dementia is not a disease. It is a condition or syndrome which affects the cognitive functions of those who have it. The person struggles to think, remember, reason, or make decisions, which interferes with their everyday lifestyle and activities. The symptoms depend on the stage and type of Dementia, varying from mild to severe.
Stay focused on what you want to convey and communicate using words that they are familiar with.
You can use shorter sentences and speak slightly slower than you usually would. At the same time, try not to be vague or use slang and figures of speech- describe actions directly.
Stay composed and give them time to respond. Asking them to speed up will result in them feeling pressured and can lead to frustration on both ends.
Most importantly, don’t talk too loudly. Not every person with Dementia has a hearing impairment and talking loudly may make them feel as though you are yelling at them.
Be Positive with your Body Language and in Your Tone of Voice
Non-verbal cues like eye contact and a warm smile convey that you are glad to be around them. They feel reassured and happy.
Use gentle touch while you’re talking to them to reassure them of your positive relationship with them. Watch their body language to see whether they are comfortable with you doing this.
No one likes to be ignored or feel isolated.
Include the person with Dementia in every group conversation to reduce feelings of isolation. They might understand more than you give them credit for.
Do Not Patronize/Infantilize the Person
Despite a person’s impaired ability to understand, we must ensure that we speak to them with dignity and respect. Use their names and preferred titles instead of using words like “honey,” “sweety”, or similar terms as it may come across as demeaning, even if you speak to them with affection.
If they’re sitting down, re-position yourself to be at their level to accommodate a more comfortable and respectful conversation.
How to teach children to communicate to a person with Dementia
Be Direct and Honest with your child
Age-appropriate honesty is the best solution when you explain Dementia to your child.
Your children are more likely to notice household and lifestyle changes. They can pick up on cues such as whispers and frustrated body language.
While you might be inclined to try to protect them, it is better to give them direct answers to their direct questions.
Examples:“Why does Grandma Mary do silly things?”“Dementia makes people confused and makes people do silly things. Try not to laugh at her because it might make her upset. You can help her instead!”“Why is Grandpa Shawn angry all the time?”“Grandpa is getting older, and his brain is slowing down; he gets snappy sometimes. He’s just a little frustrated because he can’t do some of the things, he used to be able to do.”
Find more examples using this Link.
Play Make Believe
A person struggling with Dementia may say nonsensical things. You and your child should play along with them instead of contradicting or correcting them.
It is better to do so rather than asking your child to lie.
Enter their reality with them.
Prepare Conversation Topics in Advance
Have your children carry the weight of the conversation with a person with Dementia.
“Hey! Why don’t you tell Grandpa Shawn about the birthday party you went to last week?”
You can also plan activities that your child and their grandparent with Dementia can indulge in together. Be it colouring, listening to music, solving puzzles, or even singing.
Have your Children Stay in your Family Member with Dementia’s Line of Sight
If a person with Dementia can’t see you when you’re talking to them, they can get startled. All you need to do, is slowly nudge your child in the right direction as necessary, making it a habit to notice where they’re standing.
Don’t be afraid when your child spends time with an elderly person with Dementia. Encourage their curiosity and accept what is happening.
There are also children’s books about Dementia that you can read to/with your child:
If you’re unable to be around your loved ones with Dementia because of your busy schedules, you can contact Emirates Home Nursing and we will provide one of our expert nurses to come and support your family.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
If you’re lost when it comes to keeping your child busy during the Summer of ’21, don’t worry because we’ve found multiple at-home DIYs online to keep your children active and stimulated.
In this short listicle, we have subdivided our DIY finds into those fit for toddlers and those fit for children aged 6-10.
DIYs for Toddlers
For toddlers, you need safe, easy, and super fun activities for them to engage in.
1.Card Slot Drop – activity by Busytoddler.com
This activity requires an old empty can, a utility knife, and a deck of play cards.
Step 1: Carefully cut a hole onto the lid of a container, wide enough for the cards to fit through.
Step 2: Teach your child how to drop cards through this whole.
We find this helpful activity for your toddler’s sensory skill development!
Read more: https://busytoddler.com/2016/08/card-slot-drop/.
2. Impromptu Drum Circle – activity by MamaPapaBubba.com
This activity requires round household objects, wooden spoons, or any safe stick-like object you can find at home.
Step 1: Arrange your round household objects into a circle
Step 2: Hand over the wooden spoon or stick to your child and show them to hit these round objects with them.
It may get noisy, but it will ensure that your child has tons of fun and stays busy! Plugin your pair of headphones if you need to our join the fun with your toddler.
Read more: https://mamapapabubba.com/2013/02/17/impromptu-drum-circle/.
3. Pouring Station – activity by BusyToddler.com
This activity requires a storage tub, plastic containers, food coloring, and of course, water.
Step 1: Place a few containers filled with colored water and a few empty ones in your storage tub.
Step 2: Teach your child to pour the colored water into empty containers or mix colors by pouring colored water from one container into another container filled with different coloured water.
This activity helps your toddler develop their motor skills, learn about color, and to be creative! It’s messy and super fun, assured to keep your child busy.
Read more: https://busytoddler.com/2015/09/pouring-station/
4. Pom-Pom Race – activity by emmaowl.com
This activity requires pom-pom balls (you can substitute this with cotton balls), colored tape, and straws.
Step 1: Stick the colored tape onto your floor, write down “start” at the side of the tape line. If you want, place another tape line as a finish line or a box at the end to blow the cotton balls into.
Step 2: Place your cotton balls or pom-pom balls onto the start line.
Step 3: Place straws ahead of the start line before each cotton ball/ pom- pom.
Step 4: Teach your toddler to blow through the straw to make the ball move. Make it a race!
This activity teaches your toddler how to blow through straws and is super fun and easy to do. You can try this game for your toddler’s next birthday party or playdate.
Read more: https://emmaowl.com/pom-pom-racing/
5.Sort and Drop Colour Activity – by Toddlerapproved.com
This activity requires a cardboard box, white paper, colored markers, and Lego bricks.
Step 1: Cover a cardboard box with white paper or just the lid if you don’t have too much paper to use. Use tape to secure the same paper in place.
Step 2: Cut 4-5 square holes onto the top of the box, wide enough for the Lego blocks to fit through them.
Step 3: Outline these square holes with colored markers- those that match the colors of your child’s Lego bricks.
Step 4: Teach them to match the colored brick with the outlined holes, adding the bricks to each hole accordingly.
The set-up may take a while; however, once completed, you can reuse this box to play the game more often. Your child will learn how to sort and identify colours at the same time.
Read more: https://toddlerapproved.com/2013/09/sort-and-drop-color-activity-with-lego.html
6. Painting with Cars – activity by playteachrepeat.com
This activity requires child-safe washable paint, toy cars, paper, and tape.
Step 1: Tape the paper onto your floor, nice and secure.
Step 2: Add a line of paint to the start line
Step 3: Teach your child to move their toy car through the paint and onwards.
Watch them get creative and use their imagination to form patterns with the car and the paint. This activity helps develop your child’s motor skill development, also allowing them to get messy and creative. AND it’s super easy to try at home.
Read more: https://playteachrepeat.com/painting-with-cars/
DIYs for Children aged 6-10
Expose your children to their crazy creative side this Summer with crafty DIYs. It’s an excellent opportunity for you to feel like a child again too! Get messy and creative together.
If you’re a busy parent, we’ve mentioned a pro-tip at the end of this article that can bring you the peace you require to work and keep your child active and entertained through the Summer.
1. Egg Carton Boats – activity by lifeattthezoo.com
This activity requires an egg carton, chopsticks, ribbons/yarn, paper and paint, safety scissors, and blue tack/tape.
Step 1: Have your child paint patterns onto a piece of paper. Hang this paper up to dry while you prepare the rest of the boat.
Step 2: To make the boat mast, Tie two ribbons to one end of one chopstick. Connect the other end of the chopstick to the dip in the middle of the egg cart. Secure this chopstick by sticking it through the cart, adding a tact or tape at the bottom.
Step 3: Stick both ribbons to either side of the cart. If your ribbon is long enough, you can tie the two along the bottom of the boat.
Step 4: Cut out the sail and some flags from the dry painted paper. Stick them along the mast and the ribbon of the boat.
Voila! The boat is ready.
2. Bubble Printing – activity by TheChocolateMuffinTree.com
This activity requires dishwashing soap, food colouring, water, straws, and papers or envelopes.
Step 1: Mix half a cup of water with food colouring or paint, adding a few dozes of dishwashing soap, and mix.
Step 2: Add a straw to each container and ask your child to blow into the mixture to make it bubbly.
Step 3: Once you have enough bubble foam at the top of the container, lay your paper on top!
You can try using envelopes instead or any paper item you wish to decorate with your child’s fantastic print bubbles.
Read More: https://thechocolatemuffintree.blogspot.com/2011/05/bubble-printing-fun.html3. Paper Plate Dreamcatcher – activity by TheCraftTrain.com
This activity requires paper plates, paint, yarn, glue sticks, paper sheets, a hole-puncher, and items you can decorate with beads, stickers, etc.
Step 1: Fold your paper plate in half and cut out the inner circle for the mainframe of the dreamcatcher. Paint the same with colours of your child’s choosing.
Step 2: Draw out a line vertically in the middle of a paper strip and then draw half feather shapes on one side of the vertical line. Fold the paper and cut the same out to make leaves/ feathers for your dream catcher.
Step 3: On another sheet of paper, draw equally distanced lines, cut them out into strips to be pasted across the hole cut-out on the paper plate ring.
Step 4: Add beads to the yarn strings or add stickers to the strips on the paper plate ring. *Optional*
Step 5: Punch holes along the bottom of the paper plate ring and at the stem of the paper feathers. Tie yarn strings through the punched paper feather holes, connecting it to the paper plate ring.
This activity can keep you, and your child entertained for at least a couple of hours. You can hang these beautiful dream catchers in your child’s bedroom, or maybe even in your room.
Read more: https://www.thecrafttrain.com/paper-plate-dream-catcher/4. Sunflower Marshmallow Pops – activity by TheDecoratedCookie.com
This activity requires paper, lollipop sticks, marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles, a bowl of water, a Styrofoam box, and green paint.
Step 1: Stick a marshmallow onto one end of a lollipop stick and dip it into the bowl of water. Use a paper towel to dab off the excess water from the marshmallow. Sprinkle a few chocolate sprinkles onto the marshmallow.
Step 2: Cut petals or oval shapes out of a yellow sheet of paper (or any other coloured paper). Stick one end of the cut-out paper through the lollipop stick from the bottom, pushing it up to the marshmallow. You can secure these papers with tact or with some tape.
Step 3: Paint the lollipop stick green from below the paper petals.
Step 4: Paint the Styrofoam block green to portray grass. Poke the lollipop stick through the Styrofoam.
This is a fun idea to present birthday party snacks, and it’s super easy to execute.
Try it at home!
Read more: https://thedecoratedcookie.com/sunflower-marshmallow-pops-two-ways/5.This one’s a Pro Tip:
If you’re a busy parent looking for a caregiver to entertain your child or even accompany them with the activities mentioned above, contact Emirates Home Nursing for Child Care Services on 800NURSING6877464.
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You already know this- Summer 2021 is going to be different.
If you haven’t already predicted the outcomes, there is a small list of facts to consider.
- Travel restrictions are going to make it difficult for you to leave the country to go home- the grandparents and cousins that ideally would keep your child entertained, are not going to be around to do so.
- Most parents are likely to work for at least 1 of the 2 months of their child’s summer vacation period.
- Children are likely to be indoors the majority of the time. They’re very likely to get bored.
Between travel restrictions, increasing work-related responsibilities, and your child’s vacation needs, you are bound to get flustered. You are very likely to spend a lot of your time thinking about how you are going to ensure that your child gets their daily dose of mind and body stimulus, especially when they are about to spend most of their time indoors.
Let’s get right to it then-
Here are a few ideas for you to try, to ensure that your and your child’s summer flows smoothly and productively!
1. The Performing Arts- Online Edition
All businesses have begun functioning online due to the current situation, including learning centers, talent institutes, and… literally every other service/product industry.
First and foremost, we strongly suggest enrolling your little ones in Online classes for talent-based skill acquirements. Be it singing, dancing, or theatre, your child can learn them all from the comfort of your home. And you can watch it!
These classes are not only useful in mitigating your child’s boredom- but they are also responsible for your child’s overall development.
- New hobby/ talent acquisition. By that, we NOT ONLY mean that your child will be able to perform like Beyonce in a crowd of 20K (throwback to physical concerts), there’s also the developmental by-products such as an increase in mobility, literacy, and the ability to grasp information.
- Knowledge. All performing arts institutes also teach your child history and culture, having them belong to a whole community of creative individuals, helping them hone their creative instincts at the same time.
A boost in confidence. Excelling at any art form can give your child the confidence of a King, owing to the frequent interactions with other students, the sense of accomplishment of performing well, and of course, the great confident posture that activities like dancing evoke. Most importantly, confidence also aids and strengthens your child’s mental health.
The performing arts help develop essential lifestyle habits such as discipline in the right diet, following instructions, dedication, and practice.
2. Chores are Fun
Making chores a fun idea is as simple as creating a game and an R&R system.
Whoever folds the most clothes (well) and the fastest, gets to choose the next board game to play/ movie to watch.
This is the ideal two-birds-one-stone situation that ends with your house looking spectacular and spotless, your children being entertained, and your time being saved or spent well.
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3. Prepare Schedules- One for you and one for tiny you
How often do you find yourself at home with your little one, not knowing what to do next to help them utilize their hyperactive energy? If the answer is anywhere close to “quite often,” you need schedules.
Plan out your and your child’s everyday to-do list. Specific times for tasks, activities, naps, and meals.
Basic Guidelines- Include an hour of TV time, an hour of board games for the whole family, an hour of reading, an hour of practicing art, an hour of playtime with their friends (safely and under regulations), or anything else you deem fit for your child/ren and yourself.
This also becomes the perfect opportunity for you to induce discipline- yes, the big D word- in your child, in a fun way. The structure is very important in your child’s life, making sure that their mind and body needs are met.
4. Childcare services all day every day
This is for that one month in which you may not be present to look after your little one. Nannies, babysitters, and childcare service providers are your best friends! Like an extra member of the family, you cannot make do without.
There are plenty of home care providers, but we strongly suggest Emirates Home Nursing!
Emirates Home Nursing Child Care services are not limited to nurses watching over your child, feeding them, and ensuring they sleep.
There are several added benefits of hiring childcare specialists:
Trained nurses can assess and understand what development stage your child is at and provide services that best suit your child’s individual needs.
Routine Development- Based on your child’s development stage, childcare specialists prepare a neat and interesting schedule filled with mealtimes, slumber times, and activity times. All to exploit your child’s growth potential.
Pro tip- Book Emirates Home Nursing’s babysitting services during this year’s summer vacations and get a free week of the service within the same period.
All said and done, try to make the most out of summer 2021 with your little one/s. Learn with them, about them, about yourself, or about whatever your interests lie in. And be patient- things are not all bad, but they can be better. Stay safe and stay home and have a good time.
We hope you and your little ones have the best summer!
One of the most challenging experiences in a parent’s life is to be able to ensure that their child remains well taken care of while they’re away at work or when they’re busy.
Assistance is necessary more often than not. Hiring a babysitter or a caregiver for your child can help take a load off your chest and even ease the guilt you may face during the initial phases of having to leave your child behind!
Hiring a babysitter for the first time is a lengthy and complicated process. A few parents have reasonable reservations for not wanting to hire a babysitter, such as their lack of trust or even sometimes cost. The first thing you must keep in mind is that hiring a babysitter is SAFE and the spend is worth it!
This blog will tell you exactly what you need to do to hire the perfect babysitter, whom you and your child will learn to adore.
There’s also a bonus section on things you must not say to a babysitter- which is something you should keep in mind to build and maintain a healthy relationship with your child’s caregiver.
Step 1: You must figure out exactly what you want and need.
Break down a bunch of reasons why it is necessary to hire your next babysitter.
Be it your work timings, your duties to your family members, or even the basic need for a night out.
Step 2: Figure out your budget based on your wants, needs and requirements.
Figure out your budget based on your wants, needs, and requirements.Keep in mind that a lot of specialized babysitters charge a little more for younger children or multiple children which is natural because they require more attention and effort to be taken care of.
Pro tip- A detail you mustn’t miss out on while planning is the tone of voice you need your babysitter to have for your and your child’s needs to be fulfilled.Do you want an upbeat and fun babysitter? Or a strict babysitter that can enforce house rules? What are your dealbreakers? What extra qualification would you prefer them to have?
Bonus pro tip- You may even look for CPR-trained nurses with additional first-aid skillsets. All nurses at Emirates Home Nursing carry such qualifications.
Step 3: Plan according to availability- how often you need a babysitter and for how long?
This step is crucial and needs to be carefully planned since your next babysitter’s costs may vary according to timing, hours, and frequency.
Step 4: Communication
If you haven’t heard these words enough in a variety of contexts, here it is again- COMMUNICATION IS KEY!
Once you’ve developed a list of babysitters to interview, you move on to meeting them and discussing all your requirements and expectations.
Do- Expect the basic childcare-centric tasks- making sure that the child eats, sleeps, and plays on time.
Pro tip- Routine development is something you must look for in your next babysitter. Child Care Service providers like Emirates Home Nursing specialize in planning activities for your child that keep them engaged and also build timely eating and sleeping habits.
Don’t- The main task of a babysitter is to ensure that your child’s needs are fulfilled. It is unreasonable to ask them to mop floors or dust all the shelves in your household (yes, a few employers do that), If you’re looking for a nanny to be able to do both, you’re going to have to rethink your budget. Generally, qualified babysitters may not abide by instructions related to cleaning/cooking meals for your whole family. Don’t be surprised when they say no!
Step 5: Schedule or book your babysitter at least a week in advance.
Anticipate any likely events/occasions, flights, meetings, etc. for which you may require a babysitting service.Canceling a booked appointment Is still better than being stranded at the last moment.Although, if you decide that you may not need a service at a given time, keep your babysitter informed a night or two in advance.
Bonus Step 5DO NOT FEEL INSECURE.
“What if my child starts liking my babysitter more than me?”
Now, this is a mindset you may experience after you hire your first babysitter.Your child will look forward to your babysitter coming over and spending time with them at some point. It’s reasonable because your child will imagine your caregiver as their friend! They will also care about them, talk about them, and more.That DOES NOT MEAN that your child will love you any less.
What should you do when you have such thoughts?
It’s as simple as substituting these thoughts with the idea that this person has taken care of your child, nurtured them, and taught them important new things. All in all, your babysitter has been there for you in your time of need.
Last but not the least, it is our duty to let you that your relationship with your babysitter is important.
Here’s what you must not say to a babysitter:
Last but not the least, it is our duty to let you know that your relationship with your babysitter is important.
“Sorry, I’m late”: Being late is one thing, not informing your babysitter about the possibility of you being late is unreasonable. Ask your babysitter about her flexibility in timing, considering her personal schedules or other work schedules.
“I’ll pay you next time”: Okay sure, at some point you may feel super comfortable with your babysitter- as if she or he is an extended member of your family. Nevertheless, they’ve got bills to pay and things to do that they’ve planned for themselves based on their paydays. Decide in advance, when you’d like to pay your babysitter and stick to it.
“We treat you very well”: This statement is not compensation for the timely appreciation your babysitter deserves for a job well done. Don’t forget that your babysitter is an actual person- with basic human needs for acknowledgment, appreciation, and job satisfaction. A few kind words are all it takes.
“Today, you must…”: Just like you may not appreciate being micromanaged by your employer, neither does your babysitter. Once you have conveyed your needs to your babysitter beforehand, you must leave it to them to carry out your prior-given instructions.
Certified caregivers like those from Emirates Home Nursing may even be able to provide you with childcare advice- which you need to be open to listening to. Your babysitter knows what they’re doing, and they may even be able to help you take better care of your child.
“Can you do the dishes?” / “Can you clean the house?”: As mentioned earlier, there are those parents who may suggest “while Dora is asleep, you can wash the dishes or vacuum the house.” While your child is asleep, your babysitter will spend their time making sure your child’s room is cleaned, your baby’s feeding bottles are sterilized,your child’s clothes are cleaned, dried, and ironed. Their Job description must match the task assigned.
We hope you find these tips helpful and wish you the best of luck in hiring your next babysitter!
Feel free to contact Emirates Home Nursing for your Babysitting and Childcare needs. Click on this link, to learn more about our Babysitting services.
Ramadan this year brings along several health concerns in light of the Coronavirus spread. From compromising your immune system to keeping the virus at bay through drinking water, we debunk some of the most common fasting myths surrounding during the holy month.
Common Fasting Myth: Fasting can compromise the immune system
Reality: Fasting improves your immune system
According to scientific research, fasting triggers cell regeneration which could regenerate the immune system and reproduce new white blood cells with a stronger ability to fight disease.
Common Fasting Myth: You need to drink water every 15 minutes to prevent the coronavirus
Reality: Drinking will not prevent anyone from catching the coronavirus
Healthcare providers warn against believing homegrown social media advice to prevent the coronavirus and instead following recommendations from official sources. Recently many social media posts encouraged drinking water every 15 minutes and gurgling. While this can keep your body hydrated, doctors say it will not prevent anyone from getting the virus.
Common Fasting Myths: People Gain Weight During Ramadan
Reality: Fasting Aids Weight Loss and Boosts Metabolism
Iftar feasts and Arabian sweets can be tempting, but if you stick to healthy eating habits, fasting can aid weight loss by limiting calorie intake and boosting your metabolism. According to a research published by Pubmed, fasting can increase metabolic rate between 3.6 to 14%.
Common Fasting Myths: Fasting Makes you Lose Focus
Reality: Fasting Improves Brain Function
Fasting reduces brain over-activity, allowing you to focus on your tasks. Various studies proved that fasting enhances memory performance, cognitive behavior and reduces depression activity.
Common Fasting Myths: Fasting Cause Fatigue
Reality: Fasting can Boost your Energy Levels
There is a misconception that fasting can leave you feeling tired and low on energy, but, scientifically, limiting the intake of carbohydrates and sugar over a long period of time will prompt your body to use stored fats for energy and therefore boosting energy levels. At the same time your body will be releasing growth hormone and regulating insulin levels to create an energy mix in your body.
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