Learning Objective: The “ONLY” Successful Way to Manage Dementia Related Behavior is to PREVENT it from Escalating, by validating the Person’s Feelings AND Meeting the Underlying Need!
1. Identify your own perception about what happens to persons with dementia as their disability progresses and they can no longer communicate
2. Learn about the heightened emotional & spiritual needs of persons with dementia
3. Learn to read the “Non-Verbal Language”
4. Learn Why Flexibility with Care AND Validation of the PERSON within is KEY!
5. Tips for caregiving during the Covid pandemic
It is the direct responsibility of Physicians & Administrators to provide the guidance and support necessary for all their staff to provide the high quality & appropriate care. Care that protects the human rights of every individual in the most cost- effective manner possible.
There is a critical need for Education, over the entire spectrum of Long Term Care, on rethinking our current accepted methods of providing care for all persons with Dementia, especially those with a history of dementia related behavior.
Escalating healthcare costs associated with unnecessary repeated hospitalizations for behavior, ER visits, unnecessary and inappropriate testing, overuse of inappropriate medications etc. must be addressed now. This requires, thinking out of the box and re-appropriating funding to the front end of the care giving spectrum for higher staff ratios, extensive and specialized training and ongoing staff support to ensure the pro-active disease management necessary to “Prevent” challenging, need based behavior and provide our seniors with the highest quality of life possible. This change in thinking can only be accomplished from the top down.