Care Practices for Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients
- Published on Wednesday, 28 May 2008 18:49
- Written by Stanton O. Berg
The Alzheimer's Association has developed over a period of years, a recommended set of Care Practices and procedures for victims of Alzheimer's and other dementia diseases. These recommended care practices and procedures are based on the latest available evidence and research on such care in a residential setting.
The Alzheimer's Association is now engaged in a campaign for the adoption of these recommendations in Assisted Living Residences and Nursing Homes. At the present time over 25 national organizations are supporting these recommendations. See the below listing for phase 1 (There is a similar listing for phases 2 and 3).
The program is outlined in the Alzheimer's Association printed manuals or booklets as phase 1 and 2 (28 pages - 2006) and End of Life Care as phase 3. (24 pages - 2007)
While these recommendations are directed towards the Assisted Living and Nursing Home facility settings, many of the recommendations are equally valid and applicable for the individual receiving care in a private home residential setting.
Examples of the subjects treated are: Adequate Food and Fluid Consumption, Pain Management, Social Engagement and Involvement in Meaningful Activities, Resident Wandering, Resident Falls, Physical Restraint – Free Care, Dementia Issues for End of Life Care and others.
These recommendations are available for download by visiting the Alzheimer's Association website at www.alz.org