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by Shelly Slaczka
Illness and disability affect everyone differently. As a caregiver it is challenging dealing with your loved one as they become anxious, resistant, or demanding. You can't always control the other person's behavior but you can control your response to it.
Avoid blaming the bad behavior on personality or condemning the person. You may be unintentionally escalating a situation. Do not take the behavior personally and do not down play any feelings. Try to find something to agree about. Offer reassurance and give privacy and personal space.
Do your best to examine the behavior objectively. If you can recognize the reasons a person is being difficult, you can then learn methods for coping with the difficult behavior. To recognize why a person is being difficult, look for patterns to the behavior. Something specific may have triggered the behavior. Once you find the pattern to the behavior try to break the pattern and choose your battles.
A caregiver cannot change a person but you can use strategies to modify or better accommodate any issue at hand. The environment you create and the way you communicate will make a significant difference. Validate your loved one's feelings and let them know you understand they are upset and you want to help. Be accepting and look for opportunities to agree. Remember that these behaviors do not define the person.
participatory and interactive, making the experience more thorough and more enjoyable for our students. We also offer a career fair at the end of each course giving our students an opportunity to be placed in the caregiving field with one of our vetted vendor organizations.
*Clinical rotation is held at The Oaks of Mayview with additional experiential opportunity at SarahCare Adult DayCare and the Transitions LifeCare's William M. Dunlap Center for Caring (Hospice Home)*
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Did you know there is a radio show that can help you?
Aging Matters With co-hosts Jason Kong (WTPF), Cooper Linton (Transitions LifeCare) and Nicole Bruno (Transitions GuidingLights). Airs Saturday evenings from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm on 680 WPTF. You may find the podcasts by clicking here.
If you have a caregiving question that you would love to have answered on air or if you have a topic you think we should cover please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do You Know Who I Am?
7.0 CEU Dementia Training
"Do You Know Who I Am?" is an Alzheimer's Disease training program for both family and professional caregivers. It is a participatory, interactive, and innovative approach to learning how to more effectively work with individuals with dementia, especially Alzheimer's.
Transitions GuidingLights Caregiver Training Institute
The Transitions GuidingLights Caregiver Training Institute now offers the DHSR approved Nursing Assistant 1 (NA1) program. We also have scholarships available to Raleigh residents who qualify. For more information about this robust and interactive program, please click here.
Information & Referral
Transitions GuidingLights is pleased to offer information and referrals to caregivers seeking resources for a loved one. Caregivers may drop in or call during regular business hours to receive personally tailored referrals to meet their specific care needs. Transitions GuidingLights provides referral services FREE of charge to family caregivers. Call (919) 371-2062 for help TODAY or
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Transitions GuidingLights offers CPR, AED, and First Aid training. This is a two year American Heart Association certification. Contact us if you would like to be certified.
The Awakening Program is a comprehensive life management program designed for individuals afflicted with dementia, especially Alzheimer's and their caregivers.
Caring Matters is a 14 video series designed to educate you about the various aspects of caregiving. Click Here For Videos
Caring Connections is a weekly radio show for caregivers about caregiving. This show has entered its third year of production and can be heard locally on WCHL. All shows are also available via podcast by clicking
The Transitions GuidingLights lending library houses hundreds of books to aid caregivers in their journey as well as books that will help you to prepare to care. For your convenience we also have a complete listing of our titles online which can be found
Transitions GuidingLights has a skills lab available. Are you unsure of how to provide assistance with activities of daily living for a loved one? If so, contact us and we would be glad to set up an appointment with one of our nurses who will work with you to practice the skills you need to become a more confident caregiver. Contact us by clicking