This is Part 3 of Leah Bisiani's Person Centred Care series - Read Part 1, Part 2
Caregivers and people who understand a person’s cognitive limitations and deliver care and understanding to compliment the predilections of the person living with dementia, in a way that least depletes their abilities, are best able to minimise or prevent behavioural expression, which can undesirably impact on the lives of both person living with dementia and their caregiver.
“We must recognise the essential unity of all...
Leah is a highly skilled registered nurse/dementia consultant, having completed her Masters in Health Science/dementia stream, and Diploma in Business/Frontline Management, with more than 30 years’ experience in aged care/dementia specific care. Leah is also the founder of Uplifting Dementia.
This is Part 2 of Leah Bisiani's Person Centred Care series - Read Part 1 here
Tom Kitwood, the pioneer of Person Centred Care, states that: “The malignant social psychology damages the client as much as the disease process”.
Older people and people living with dementia are often seen as less human, lacking sensation, emotion, and spirit, where in fact they can enjoy a magnificent quality of life.
Let us appreciate instead, the person as a whole, taking into perspective their entire life...
“The goal of person centred care is to move the person, even momentarily, from loss to fulfilment, loneliness to connectedness, sadness to cheerfulness, confusion to orientation, worry/anxiety to contentment, frustration to peacefulness, fear to security, paranoia to trust, anger to calm and embarrassment to confidence.”
People living with dementia deteriorate more rapidly in negative environments, often created as a direct result of our limited cognitive viewpoints.
Our stereotypical negative mindset can frequently be associated to, and pinpointed to the...
Imagine how isolating, problematic and exasperating it must feel to be incapable of communicating verbally any longer, when throughout a lifetime of experiences, you have always used this basic skill to interact with others. Envisage also, when those you are attempting to interact with, cannot understand you because of their reliance on the verbal aspect of communication.
Communication is the glue that holds much of human life together and a central stimulus within the individual life cycle of us all...