Olney Assisted Living | Bethesda Magazine

Ask the Experts: Seniors & Aging


Olney Assisted Living

Janell Hughes, Regional Sales Manager

16940 Georgia Ave.

Olney, MD 20832



Q: How can I help my mother, who has dementia, with her care, medications and meals, to avoid the upset she exhibits whenever I step in?

A: It is key not to take away from her what she can do for herself for as long as she can. At Olney Assisted Living, a key point of our philosophy is the “ability to have a voice.” Even people with dementia deserve a say and some control. Get her input. Instead of telling mom it’s time for her shower, ask if she wants to shower before or after breakfast. Instead of announcing it’s time for her medications, ask if she prefers juice or water. Although they seem like simple questions, they are the ones that will allow her to feel independent.

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