A Person Centered Approach to Dementia Care

By on October 31, 2013
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A Person Centered Approach to Dementia Care 

It can no longer  be acceptable to settle and talk about about the science and the research. Do not get me wrong, these are important as they may be. It cannot be just about medications or treatments. It is time to address the care delivery process and the quality of that care. Health care providers must reconstruct the approach to dementia care. They need to think about new ways to help dementia patients and their family care partners. It’s about about addressing issues such as nutrition, psychological and spiritual support, and even community resources and financial guidance. Health care providers need to address making certain that those individuals caring so those that live in rural areas can get care and support that is up to date and accessible. Health care delivery systems need to develop care collaborations designed to serve and meet the needs and expectations of those in these communities.

It is not too much to for dementia patients,their care partners and families have assurance that they are receiving the best possible dementia care available. It is not too much to ask that health care providers put systems be in place to assure quality dementia care. At the present time, we have access to computers that have the ability actually talk to each other.  It is not  too much to ask that in the most difficult moment of  a person life, the care partner can have assurance that the care they are providing is appropriate , the decisions they are making are the right ones for them and their family member.

Of course, don’t expect easy or quick response or changes to the present health care delivery system. Focusing on person centered care is going to be a major change  in how care is delivered. I suspect changing how health care providers practice is going to be a difficult and slow process. Here is my proposal on how to change the dementia care delivery system.

But if we, the health care consumers, don’t  demand the changes, the power of  what providers will have to offer dementia patients and their caregivers will continue to be inadequate. This is something none of us should accept.

So how do we make the changes needed in dementia care?  Here are a few suggestions that may be helpful as you start your journey into dementia care. Develop a person centered care profile in the early stages of dementia.

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person centered approachIn very early stages of dementia brand-new encounters or experiences might be excellent for the family member with dementia. An individual in the early phases of dementia, also, could realize that there is something wrong with them and they are unable to stop the cognitive decline. It is so hard for many dementia patients to go between periods of lucidity and then have moments when they can no longer preform the simplest of tasks. This causes frustration, fear and anger in some dementia patients. Many use denial as a coping mechanism to deal with what is happening to them.

In time, brand-new experiences can be confusing and disruptive.

It is very important, by the middle stages of dementia, to have consistency and develop a daily routine. Please understand  that does not mean you can not have some versatility with a schedule. As a family caregiver,  you will learn that routines do not need to be set in stone. There are times when life warrants a change in the daily routine, such as doctor appointments, visits to church etc

Right here are a couple of things to consider:

Regular times to eat.

Utilizing the exact same care partners (regularly altering care partners can be truly disruptive and disconcerting; try to promote consistency).

Routine times for offering care, particularly bath time, dressing, and toileting.

Try to set up appointments outside the house when your  family member is at their best, normally in the AM.

Administer medications and treatments at the exact same time everyday.

Consistency with getting up and going to bed at the exact same time every day will minimize challenging or negative behaviors.

Develop routine times for social getaways or  visits with friends.Social interaction is still important at this level.

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Establish a Home Care Strategy based on the Person- Centered Profile.

It is necessary to develop a dementia home care plan, even if you do not have home health involved at this time. Do not disregard the value of the implementing dementia care methods. Care strategies are designed to provide an objective and thought-out method to plan and offer for care. Developed effectively and developed with the dementia patient in the very early stages of dementia, the person centered care profile, can be a guide or plan to care and treatment selections in the future. It also helps a brand-new care partner to know what to do, simply by taking some time to read the profile.

Encourage self-reliance and independence  for as long as possible

activities of daily living with dementia

activities of daily living with dementia

As a fundamental function, self-reliance and independence is an advantage that care partners should  succeed encourage. At some time, a person struggling with dementia will require some degree of aid. When your family member with dementia will require  assistance for an activity, there will come a time when the family care partner will need to explore assistive devices to continue to encourage independence .

Encouraging independence, specifically in the very early stages of dementia is important. This can be so difficult for many care partners, as they feel as if they can do it much better or faster, but that would be a mistake. Be watchful for signs of frustration or confusion during a particular activity. Urge your family member to do exactly what they can do. Then provide assistance with the part of the job that has actually become challenging to do.

Person centered care is a buzz word in the health care system. It is the responsibility of every care partner to demand a person centered approach to care- this forces each health care provider to see the dementia patient as a person, instead of a diagnosis.

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