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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Dementia care assessment – From compliance to customer service

The basis of good dementia care lies in supporting people at their highest functioning level and answering their personal needs in the most compassionate and respectful way. To support quality care with stronger care planning and anti-psychotic drug reduction initiatives,...

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The power of rituals in dementia care – 3 tips for positive reinforcement

To provide the best possible care for dementia patients, we need to get past some important misconceptions about the disease. One is that Alzheimer’s, which accounts for about 80 percent of dementias, is strictly a disorder of memory. In fact,...

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