Tag: engagement

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 […]

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 […]