We know that things in long term care have been changing for quite some time. With more residents experiencing cognitive decline, everyone involved in resident care; staff, volunteers, friends and families; can benefit from knowledge about cognitive decline and dementia, as well as the support we all need to help improve the resident experience.
The Alzheimer Society of Canada has been working on ‘culture change’ in long term care across Canada.
Recently, they launched their PC P.E.A.R.L.S™ – 7 key elements that they have developed containing strategies and tips to help address the needs of the person with dementia and those of us who surround and support the person.
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We are excited to be launching our Dementia Care blog page.
This Network is made up of occupational therapists from across Canada,
who are working in the field of dementia care.
We are keen to support and learn from our colleagues who are also interested in this topic.
Stay tuned for lots of exciting news and content and send us your thoughts.
We would love to hear from you.
Alzheimer’s disease is a fatal, progressive and degenerative disease that destroys brain cells. It is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 64 per cent of all dementias in Canada. Symptoms include difficulty remembering things, making decisions and performing everyday activities. These changes can affect the way a person feels and acts. There is currently no way to cure the disease, but research is improving the way we provide care. Currently there are 500,000 Canadian living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, 72% are women.
Occupational therapists help clients and families understand the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on the person’s day-to-day function. The occupational therapist works with clients to develop ways to compensate for limitations and maintain independence.
Take a look at the resources on CAOT’s webpage: http://www.caot.ca/default.asp?pageid=1495