Tag: dementia care

Supporting religion & spirituality with dementia residents – 5 tips to success

The National Wellness Institute says spiritual wellness is essential to quality of life and that it is better to live each day in a way that is consistent with our values and beliefs than to do otherwise and feel untrue to ourselves.  For people with dementia, helping to maintain a link or reconnect with their religion as part […]

Dementia care: Getting the individual’s perspective

Providing person centered care to individuals that have dementia is essential to their quality of life. A critical challenge in achieving this is understanding the perspective of the person with cognitive impairment. With a proper appreciation of that perspective, one can communicate better to achieve more precise assessments, better care and evaluation. It is also critical […]

Tracking dementia engagement successes – or failures

The goal of dementia engagement is to provide the individual with the best quality of life possible.  To achieve this, the person centered care requires ongoing fine tuning of the programs & interventions based on the interests and capabilities of the person. Because cognitive impairment makes feedback difficult to obtain, it can be hard to […]

3 tiered approach to engagement based on dementia stages

One of the challenges of dementia engagement is focusing on what an individual can still do instead of what they can no longer do. Creating engagement and programming around the resident’s desire is at the core of person centered care, but to be successful, it needs to take into account the kinds of tasks they can perform. Taking into account two […]

6 ways to Successfully Communicate Non-Verbally with Dementia Residents

Communication is an essential part in enhancing the quality of life, especially for dementia residents. Dementia creates challenges for how people understand what is being communicated to them, along with being able to express themselves to others. This language deterioration is known as aphasia.  Difficulties that arise from not being able to communicate can lead […]

3 tips for measurable goals in dementia programming

Engaging people with dementia in meaningful person centered activities is the most effective way to manage behaviors, increase satisfaction and reduce the use of anti-psychotic drugs. Programming for dementia can be challenging on many levels. One of them is the absence of measurable goals. Another is the difficulty gathering feedback from the residents and the […]