Tag: evidence based

Life Enrichment Is Good for Care – and for Your Bottom Line

Better-run retirement communities realize the benefits – both to residents and to the community – of giving more control to residents over choices and programming. This is known as life enrichment. By setting a goal is to deliver care that is more person-centered, communities across the country have improved care and customer satisfaction, and have […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Dementia engagement – Person centered is better

The main reason why residents with dementia may have increased levels of agitation and aggression is because they may lead lives that lack purposeful activity. Over the past few years, the concept of “engagement” has emerged as a means of understanding the behavioral pattern often seen in residents with dementia. For that matter, “Engagement” is […]