special care at RiverMead in Peterborough NHRiverMead also has a memory support neighborhood that provides personalized care and assistance.  It is led by our Memory Support Coordinator and staffed 24 hours a day by specially trained staff members who support residents with memory loss.

RiverMead's unique approach reinforces each resident's capabilities while affirming dignity and self-esteem.  The aviary, large fish tank, and secure outside garden area are just a few of the amenities that make this part of our community so special.

You have the peace of mind knowing that if nursing care is ever needed, it is available at no additional charge.

The Basics

Alzheimer’s/Dementia causes memory loss that gets progressively worse over time. There are many different types of dementia that can cause a variety of different symptoms.

Symptoms include but aren’t limited to:

  • Difficulty finding words
  • Mood changes
  • Personality changes
  • Decreased verbal ability
  • Irritability
  • Short term memory loss
  • Living in the past
  • Little sense of time
  • Loss of taste/smell
  • Decreased appetite
  • Poor hygiene
  • Aggression/Paranoia/Hallucinations
  • Poor social skills
  • Loss of interest in loved activities
  • Inability to string together a sentence
  • Difficulty performing everyday tasks


Helpful Hints on Dementia Care

Strategies & Tips for CommunicationMrs. Blauner Deb Stewart

  • Approach slowly and never from behind
  • Make sure that you are at eye level
  • Use a friendly tone and facial expressions
  • Use simple sentences and allow time to process
  • Use hand gestures to be more easily understood
  • Talk slowly
  • Say less – many words can overwhelm
  • Try different words if they don’t understand
  • Use the phrase “It’s time to…….” rather than “do you want to?” if it’s something that’s necessary (most often they’ll say no)
  • Never argue
  • Enter their reality
  • Do not correct them
  • Avoid reason, logic, or the mention of time
  • Refrain from asking open ended questions
  • Focus on feelings rather than what they are saying
  • Listen . . . Listen . . . Listen
  • Be present in that moment
  • Respect them
  • Conversation should be simple and respectful
  • Practice empathy

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Helpful Hints on Dementia Care


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