The Foundation of a Complete Dementia program
The goal of a good dementia program is to improve the quality of life for the person with dementia as well as their loved ones and other caregivers. In order to achieve this, a complete and balanced approach is required. By implementing the five key componentslisted below, the odds of successfully caring for a dementia patient dramatically increase.
1) Structure – People with dementia do much better when their day is structured with meaningful activities. Our AlzBetter software focuses on creating that structure with a daily schedule that matches the care recipient’s current level of dementia.
2) Activities – Based on scientific research, it has been conclusively proven that the right activities at the right time of day can make a big difference in successfully caring for a person with dementia. Our philosophy is that activities should be adapted whenever possible, not removed from a person’s structured schedule and should match the person’s current level of dementia.
3) Quality of Life – The Quality of Life (QOL) for both the care recipient and caregiver are important and should be measured regularly. Collecting data from the prescribed activities allows care managers the ability to recognize problematic issues before they escalate. This helps relieve caregiver stress and also helps prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency room visits.
4) Training/Education – All people involved in the care of a person with dementia should receive training and education about the disease. Informed family members and well-trained caregivers are critical to successfully managing a person with dementia
5) Support – Caring for a person with dementia is extremely stressful and constantly offers new challenges. All members of the care team require different types of support, including the family members, paid caregivers and care managers.