Dementia and Your Care Giving Decisions
Every day, you see people with dementia. In the early stages, changes may appear subtle, but near the end, dementia is often what you see first in residents under your care. By understanding dementia and how it affects your care giving decisions, you can not only provide the best possible care for your residents, but you can also help reassure families who don’t understand what’s happening to their loved one.
In this program you’ll learn more about dementia in the long-term care setting. After viewing it, you will be able to:
- Describe some of the common forms of dementia and discuss how they affect your residents
- Understand how the Global Deterioration Scale, or GDS, helps stage or explain the progression of dementia
- Recognize your role in providing care and the effects that dementia can have on care giving, and
- Understand the importance of structured programs
Dementia and Your Care Giving Decisions is a practical educational tool. It defines different forms of dementia and describes the progression of the illness and signs that you’ll likely see in your residents. Above all, this knowledge will help you understand how to adapt your care giving. This program demonstrates different techniques designed to address specific behavioral and communication challenges related to dementia. Filled with practical information and useful instruction, this video will explain how dementia affects your care and when you need to make adjustments to reflect individualized needs.
This video training provides a unique and interactive learning experience. In addition to the valuable learning information contained in the video and accompanying facilitator guide, the video in-service provides opportunities for facilitated discussion to help involve participants in the acquisition of knowledge that will help everyone understand how to care for residents with dementia.
Quality of life is paramount for the residents under your care. By understanding the changes that occur during dementia, you can better support quality living. Your residents and their families rely on you … when you can support and educate them, you can not only relieve anxiety, but help them enjoy their time together. Educate yourself and stay aware of dementia and its effect on care giving. Above all, listen to your residents – both verbal and non-verbal communication – so you can understand their needs and provide the best protection for yourself and your residents.
ElderCare Communications is a leading provider of high quality video-based education and information to help improve the quality of care and resident quality of life in long-term care settings.
You may download the facilitator guide here.