Tag: dementia care

Dementia and the Five Star rating system

Nursing homes are seeing a lot of changes related to compliance and dementia this year. Starting with the change in five star ratings that now incorporates dementia related quality measures, more change is on its way that might increase risk for providers. CMS rates nursing homes on three categories: results from onsite inspections by trained […]

Engagement to support motivation & purpose in dementia

“I used to enjoy painting, but I often lack motivation. If I start, I usually keep going and am happy doing it. It takes a lot to get me started though.” (George) Lack of motivation and apathy are frequent problems in dementia care. Very often, a reduction in motivation & a sense of purpose comes […]

4 empirical components of QOL in dementia engagement

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The goal of dementia engagement & programming is to achieve the maximum highest quality of life for people living with cognitive impairments. The challenge in dementia care often lies in finding evidence-based interventions or programs that target specific and empirical factors of quality of life. As it has been published, there are four derived components […]

3 tips for consistency in dementia engagement

One of the biggest challenges in dementia care is the unpredictable nature of the disease. The journey itself has a path difficult to predict and it is often accompanied with behaviors, expressions and needs that are hard to plan for. This results in a higher cost of care, difficulty in matching service with needs and an […]

3 guidelines to maximize late stage dementia engagement success

“You matter because you are you and you matter to the last moment of your life. We will do all we can to help you, not only to die peacefully, but to live until you die”.  — Dame Cicely Saunders It is at the later stage of dementia such as Alzheimer’s that an individual is the […]

Making dementia programming outcome driven

The goal of programming and life enrichment is to help residents live their highest quality of life – no matter their interests, background, life stories and abilities. For programming to support optimal wellness in residents, it needs to establish engagement opportunities that match realistic goals for each individual. Measuring outcomes of activities, whether they are […]