In 1980, Chieko El-Jisri immigrated to Canada with her husband. The following year she had a baby boy, and the family has lived in Toronto ever since. There, she took a college course as a second career, and graduated as a Community Service and Support Worker.
Chieko’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in Japan. Coincidently, Chieko had her CSW’s placement at the Senior Home Dementia Unit. She learned and practiced patient’s daily life requirements and loved working with them as a Recreation Aid Assistant.
During her placement, she questioned why conflicts happen so often between caregivers and patients. How could she avoid or help reduce such incidents and make both sides happier? She used her caregiver’s Five Golden Tools and it worked for her patients like magic.
If caregivers lack patience and attempt to rush or force things instead of calmly dealing with their dementia patients, conflict can be created between them.
Dementia patients cannot explain their own behaviour and are not responsible for their actions. The caregiver should endeavour to understand the severity level of the disease, and deal with it according to the dementia patient’s needs—especially in the early morning busy time, when taking care of the patient’s daily requirements, and when seeing to their patient’s emotional care.
I strongly recommend adding CSWs to handle the load in order to ensure the comfort and care of each patients’ emotions. This will make everyone’s roles easier and reduce stress tremendously.
You will learn and discover the patient’s daily life and find solutions to ease their difficulties and avoid conflict.
“So many people fail to understand and recognize dementia patient’s behaviors. Reading the tips in this book will help anyone overcome these obstacles and succeed.”
–Patsy Goh, author of Burden No More
“As a how-to guide, this book contains everything you may need to know. Brimming with straightforward strategies anyone can use to overcome the key fears associated with dementia and caregivers.”
–Helga DeSousa, author of Calmness
"The information in this book just works. I knew there should be an easy way to provide adequate care and apply it effectively and this is it.”
–Elma Alorro Dionela, author of How To Turn Scars Into Stars
“A must read for anyone who wants to know about caring for dementia patients.”
–Cynthia Davis, author of In Search Of Wisdom
“Powerful, practical, and solid advice on surviving the trials and tribulations of caring for dementia patients’ daily needs.”
–Dr. Andrea Maxim, ND, author of MAXIMized Health