- Just as those with cognitive decline may be able to remember, plan, express themselves, and document their lives in maps, caregivers may be able to use these techniques themselves to provide better care and client management. Mind maps may potentially help the caregiver recall the preferences of the client, as well as the client’s life history, important events, significant people, and life style
- Caregivers may find that visual information recorded in mind maps provides a good way for the caregiver and the client to start discussions.
- Caregivers may find that clients can express themselves better with pictures, drawings, doodles than in words.
- Caregivers may find that their own notes from each day are more useful if captured in the format of mind maps.
- Caregivers may find that mind maps may be used for brainstorming by themselves, with healthcare providers, with family members, and with the client ways to organize daily events, select food and clothing, remember medications, and organize social events.
- Caregivers may find it useful to record their own feelings in mind maps as a way of dealing with the emotional and physical stress of caregiving.
- The daily calendar — including doctor visits and other appointments and visitors — may be easier to prepare as a mind map and much more useful to the client.
Mind Maps need to bright, colourful and fun - here are a few examples of Mindmaps