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Caregivers’ Monthly A newsletter for caregivers from the Iowa Health Care Association ¡ July 2018

Tips for Dressing Memory-Care Patients Helping a memory-care patient get dressed can sometimes feel like a stressful, intimidating task. To prepare, the Alzheimer's Association suggests caregivers: Plan ahead of time: Don't rush it. Putting aside enough time to get the patient dressed will help reduce feelings of anxiety or frustration for both of you. Simplify the wardrobe: Offer choices to the patient, but stick to two outfit options. This will help him or her feel less overwhelmed. Organize the dressing process: Lay out the clothing items in an organized order. Hand each item to the patient one at a time, and provide specific, simple instructions. To learn more about how to successfully help memory-care patients get dressed, visit

3 Things Every Caregiver Needs to Hear Remind yourself and your co-workers of these encouraging truths to create a supportive work environment. You are appreciated. Without your help, someone would not be able to perform their day-to-day tasks. Each patient is grateful for the work that you do. You are selfless. Every day, you go out of your way to provide a comfortable, safe space to those in need. You contribute to the success of your patients! You are strong. The challenges you face are helping you grow into the best caregiver you can be. Adapted from: Managing Editor: Molly Olson, Communications Intern Editor: Claire Seely, Vice President, Public Relations & Member Communications Like us on Facebook: Iowa Health Care Association Follow us on Twitter: @IHCA_ICAL_ICHC


IHCA Foundation Scholarship Recipients Congratulations to the 15 caregivers who received a $1,000 Iowa Health Care Association Foundation scholarship to work toward long term care careers in nursing or healthcare administration. Information and applications for next year's scholarship will be available in on our website at in March 2019. NyTroyana Bland Meadowview Memory Care - Cedar Rapids Amanda Carr QHC Crestridge Care - Maquoketa Jessica Etten Living Center West - Cedar Rapids Rebekah Gasso Chautauqua Guest Homes - Charles City Haley Massman New Hampton Nursing & Rehab - New Hampton Brianna Schroeder Accura Healthcare of Bancroft - Bancroft Nicole Faber & Stacy Barentschot Fellowship Village - Inwood Jayce Esslinger Thomas Rest Haven - Coon Rapids Brenda Waters Spurgeon Manor - Dallas Center Tammy Wonderlich Ramsey Village - Des Moines Emily Brosamle Cherokee Specialty Care - Cherokee Crystal Cuklanz Accura Healthcare of Pomeroy - Pomeroy Carla Doane Grinnell Regional Home Care - Grinnell Michelle Houghton Dave's Place - Keokuk

Caregivers' Monthly July 2018  
Caregivers' Monthly July 2018