Dementia: Why a person-centered approach matters

Dementia care is delicate, complex, and a growing issue in health care globally. With the many nuances and challenges, a person-centered approach can be vital in helping facilities care for their residents living with dementia.

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Whether it be a family member, a friend, a colleague or a neighbor, we all likely have been affected or know someone that has been affected by dementia. Approximately 50 million people around the world live with dementia, a number that is expected to double every 20 years1. For many people, memory loss is the first thing they associate with dementia. But dementia is complex and the experience of dementia as well as how it affects each individual is never the same. Caring for someone with the degenerative condition can be a distressing and daunting prospect. Some may develop responsive behaviors and moods, others may become easily confused and even lost in their own homes.

As the condition progresses, it is inevitable that a person living with dementia will need a greater level of support and assistance, even in the most basic everyday tasks. At some point, a loved one will ultimately need professional care in a residential setting.

Today over 60% of long-term residents are living with some form of dementia1.

For dementia caregivers, maintaining the independence, mobility, dignity and overall quality of life of their residents is a top priority. Introducing residents to an environment that is safe, calm and homey is crucial, as is the level of support needed to maintain a life that is rich in stimulation, activity and meaningful relationships.

Equipment to support dementia care in long term care facilities

Naturally, the best care starts with empathy for the person who needs assistance. As a product solution provider in long-term care, we understand that when it comes to dementia, there is no "one-size-fits-all" care plan. While one resident may enjoy music being played during their favorite activity, another may prefer peace and quiet, or feel at ease enjoying a conversation with their caregiver; we are all individuals, and residents living with dementia are no exception.

Here at Arjo, we are committed to improving the lives and maintaining the dignity of people in both hospitals and assisted living facilities. Our mobility products and solutions for long-term care are designed to enable a person-centered approach to care around the clock and cater to the preferences of the individual. We aim to ensure caregivers can spend more time enjoying a positive relationship and engaging with their residents and less time focusing on equipment.

To see how our technologies can help aid your staff and patients in dementia care go to our dementia solutions section.

Dementia care solutions

References:

  1. World Alzheimer Report 2015, Alzheimer's Disease International, https://www.alz.co.uk/research/WorldAlzheimerReport2015.pdf