Make the Bed


I’ve said it before and I will probably say it again, people with memory loss still have a need to feel useful.  Therefore, allowing them to do things for themselves or others is really important to maintain self-esteem and self-worth.  However, we all know that sometimes “help” can be not only more work for the caregiver, but also dangerous for the person with dementia, so finding the right job is important. 

In my eyes, making the bed is just that job.  As long as the person is steady on their feet, there’s not much that can go dangerously wrong.  Even better, because it’s one of the first chores most of us learn, it is well protected deep in our long term memory.  And if the individual is a veteran or retired nurse/housekeeper/nurses’ aide, even better!  Get ready to watch a bed get made so well you can bounce a quarter off of it!

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