Exploring the Culture Change in Memory Care

Exploring the Culture Change in Memory CareExploring the Culture Change in Memory Care

Last month, we talked about how there has been a shift in the focus of Alzheimer’s care internationally; how even though treatment of symptoms and effects on the brain is still vitally important, scientists and healthcare providers have started approaching the manner of memory care in a more preventative way. Dr. G. Allen Power, M.D. from the University of Rochester is one of these healthcare providers. 4 years ago, Power published a book titled “Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care,” in which his main goal was to challenge the notion that drugs used for memory care were beneficial and to highlight his belief that a culture change in memory care facilities is needed.

Power has recently released a new book entitled “Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being,” which highlights seven aspect of well-being, focusing on; identity, connectedness, security, autonomy, meaning, growth and joy. Focusing on these seven aspects of well-being goes hand in hand with focusing on prevention and overall care in regards to Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, rather than just medically treating symptoms.

Power’s goal in his writings is to generate discussion and debate about current paradigms and care practices, and to help find better ways to move forward. Experts feel that by improving dementia care, and by developing person-centered, individualized interventions for behavioral health in nursing homes, we may be able to reduce unnecessary antipsychotic medication that is frequently used, and perhaps overused, in nursing homes and eventually other care settings.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) developed an initiative in 2013 designed to encourage nursing home facilitators rethink their approach to dementia care, reconnect with residents via person-centered care practices, and restore good health and quality of life without relying solely on antipsychotic drugs.

Has your facility taken steps to address the culture change in memory care? Given the overwhelming effect that the growing senior living population has and will have on the nursing home industry, preventive care could be great news for your facility in the future. At DigniCARE, we’re poised to help your senior living facility meet the challenges of a changing environment where the goal is to elevate the quality of life for residents. Our services encompass innovative risk management solutions for nursing homes and more. To learn more call (855) 883-6306.

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