Making our Community and our Homes Dementia Friendly

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Are you a family caregiver who is caring for a loved one who has some form of Dementia of which Alzheimer’s is the most common form?  Are you struggling understanding what is going on with your loved one? Are you struggling to get your loved one out in the community engaged in their life because you are afraid of what may happen? Are you struggling caring for your loved one in the home? Are you struggling dealing with the adverse behaviors that have come with the dementia? 

Throughout Central Oregon families are struggling to care for your loved ones who have Dementia. In Oregon alone in 2010 there were 78,000 people with a diagnosed form of Dementia and there are 5,000 memory care beds in the state. We have no institutional solution to this epidemic. The responsibility of caring for these people will fall on the family caregivers. 

Based on these alarming numbers Home Instead Senior Care has created two powerful training classes to help families care for their loved ones:

1) Family Caregiver Alzheimer’s Training – In this 3-4 hour class family caregivers of those with dementia will learn more about these diseases, how to recognize symptoms, how best to interact with our loved ones, how to care for our loved ones, how to understand what may be causing some of the adverse behaviors and deal with the causes and not the behaviors, and how to keep our loved ones engaged in their lives. Family caregivers will leave the training class equipped with knowledge and skills aimed at helping them help their loved ones maintain their dignity and lead a full and independent life. You can learn more about this training class at 

2) Alzheimer’s Friendly Business Training – Often times one of the most difficult things for family caregivers is to take their loved one with them out in the community. The family caregiver is concerned that their loved one may act out and embarrass themselves and the family. This leads to more isolation, which unfortunately can accelerate the progression of the disease. In this 30 minute to 1 hour training class Home Instead will come in to any business and train them on how to best interact with patrons who have dementia. The more aware the staff of the business is on how to have successful interactions with people who have dementia the more family caregivers are going to be willing to take their loved ones out in the community. To learn more about this training class please visit: 

Additionally, Lori Sensenbach, co-owner of Home Instead Senior Care, hosts an Alzheimer’s Support group once a month on the second Tuesday of the month. The training class is held from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. To inquiry more about the the support group please call our office at: 541-330-6400.

We will be conducting several Family Caregiver Alzheimer’s training classes throughout the year. The next one will be held at Ochoco Village in Prineville on Saturday April 2nd from 10:00am to 1:30pm. The next one will be hosted by Hospice of Redmond on Thursday June 9th from 4:00pm to 7:30pm. The next one will be hosted by Partners In Care in Bend on Friday September 23rd from 10:00am to 1:30pm. There will be additional classes scheduled so please call our office (541-330-6400) for more details. 

If you are interested in having Home Instead come and teach your business how to be Alzheimer’s friendly please call our office (541-330-6400). 


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