NOVEMBER 13 2020
Person-centered care is based on the belief that every single individual with dementia has the right to dignity, respect, happiness, and quality of life. This is true regardless of their dementia diagnosis or what stage of the disease they are in.
My approach, which I call the Second Family Approach, is again, based on the principles of person-centered care. Person-centered care focuses on the individual, NOT the disease. We need to get to know the individual. What is their story? Who are they? Where have they been? What have they done? Knowing the answers to those kinds of questions enables us to know the whole individual, rather than just know them as the individual with dementia.
From there, we can focus on their current strengths and abilities, rather than on what they have lost. Instead of mourning what they once did, let us rejoice in what they still can do. As carers, we must treat each of our loved ones as individuals with his or her own interests, habits, and needs. For people who are living with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD), the manner of the support and care they receive becomes the framework of their daily lives.
As always, questions and comments are encouraged!