Creating Cues for Independence – Care Partner Corner

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By Corrie PhillipsMarch 19th, 2020

Creating Cues for Independence – Care Partner Corner


by Corrie L. Phillips,

PAC Team Member

In a recent conversation with a friend, she shared with me some of the different ways she cues herself to remember. This got me thinking about ways that I cue myself; a person that is aging normally (at least for now).

Take a look at this video that I created to demonstrate how I use some visual cues in my daily life.

Now stop and think for a moment. What cues do you use every day?

Whether planning ahead for your future or supporting someone else, it’s important to go with options that are familiar. In this video, I showed you some of the things that work for me. What other options are available?

Here are just a few to consider:

  • Sticky Notes
  • White Boards hung in an obvious location
  • Calendars
  • Auditory Alarms that provide a memo on your phone or tablet
  • Digital Calendars
  • Using a system like Alexa or Siri for reminders
  • Concierge Service
  • Personal Assistant
  • Surveillance Systems will help monitor your home and anyone in it (with permission, of course)

If you are providing support to someone, be sure to discuss the options with them. Learn more about how they managed their time and daily activities and offer choices that fit into their zone of familiarity. Our hope is to increase people’s ability to maintain some independence. If a new system is introduced, it may become frustrating and ultimately fail.

If you have some ideas you would like to share with other care partners, please send your story to Corrie Phillips and we may publish it in an upcoming ODJ.

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4 Comments on “Creating Cues for Independence – Care Partner Corner”

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    My wife is a strong Amber and I am her primary care giver. Having viewed all of the TeepaSnow DVDs has been a great help. Two things I do that help provide peace of mind for me are (1) cameras in each room connected to my phone. These inexpensive devices are a life saver. (2) I signed up for IAMFINE a daily call to me (6am) to make sure I am OK. Since our home has coded door knobs, if something should happen to me at night, no one would know. After three calls with no answer our community nurse will come to the home as we live in an independent care Continuous Care Community.

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    I care for a woman who has dementia and I have the hardest time trying to get her into the shower. I have few ideas but these ideas are getting old and l am looking for new ideas to get her in the shower. Does anyone have any suggestions?


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