April 11, 2016

dementia care planning

Caregiver’s Handbook: A guide to caring for the ill, elderly, disabled ... and yourself

includes - 5 key questions to help you develop a caregiving plan

Your initial caregiving plan will largely depend on your answers to these five key questions:

·         For whom are you caring — an aging parent, an ill partner or friend, or a disabled family member?

·         What precipitated the need for care?

·         Is the situation time-limited (e.g., for someone who needs care while healing from surgery or an injury) or likely to continue indefinitely?

·         What care or services will the person need?

·         Aside from basic needs, what does your loved one want? For example, elderly parents may want to continue living independently at home rather than move in with you or to a nursing home. How can you help the person meet these goals?

As you begin to develop your plan, think about your own caregiving goals, too. The circumstances for each person and his or her needs will of course vary, but you can definitely make it a goal to treat your loved one with compassion and honor his or her dignity at all times.
Next, have an open, honest conversation with your care recipient about what both of you expect and determine just what issues need to be addressed.

However, an initial plan is just that — a first step. Change is one of the few certainties of caregiving, so it is important to re-evaluate your situation early and often, and to make changes whenever necessary. If possible, it can help to keep a step or two ahead by asking your loved one's doctors and other experts for their assessment of how the situation might change in another few weeks, months, or years.


The dementia care plan dictionary : a behavior-based care plan idea book

The Dementia Care Plan Dictionary was written for assisted living and dementia care centers, adult day and board and care centers, personal caregivers, family members, recreation therapists and activity professionals. Over 50 care plans are alphabetically indexed and based on the common but difficult behaviors and need areas associated with dementia. Each care plan includes possible antecedents and consequences. Activity and intervention ideas, a glossary, and coding for skilled nursing are also included. only 98 Pages.

Enriched care planning for people with dementia : a good practice guide for delivering person-centred care
by May Hazel, Paul Edwards and Dawn Brooker
The correlation between `disengagement' and illness in people with dementia living in long-term care settings is becoming more widely recognised, and developing and adapting front-line staff responses to the changing needs of individuals is a crucial factor in addressing this problem. This book presents a complete practical framework for whole person assessment, care planning and review of persons with dementia or signs of dementia (including those with learning disabilities) who are in need of, or already receiving, health and/or social support. The book provides photocopiable assessment forms, guidelines for carrying out the assessment, and suggestions for tailored interventions based on the profile that emerges from the assessment process. The authors also include a clear explanation of the five theoretical components of dementia that are considered in the assessment: health, biography, personality, neurological impairment and social psychology. This good practice guide will provide a step up to the challenge of providing person centred care as a minimum standard rather than just an ideal. Care workers in residential settings and social workers assessing clients for their support requirements will find this an essential resource.

He's doing this to spite me : a media-based approach to planning care for family elders
He’s Doing This to Spite Me (22 minutes) Family and caregivers may interpret the difficult behaviors that result from dementia as intentional and take them personally. Under the daily stresses of care-giving, they may respond with frustration, impatience and anger. With guidance from professionals in dementia care, this video teaches both family and professional caregivers how to create a more comfortable and productive dynamic for both the caregiver and the patient.

Taking care of business : planning ahead in Aboriginal and Torres strait islander communities
Contents Community Members' Book: Introduction -- Making a will --  Funeral funds --  Making decisions about my health and lifestyle --  Making decisions about my finances -- Where can I get legal help? -- getting more information -- Community legal centres -- Glossary of terms
Contents Service Providers' Book: What is planning ahead? -- Why should we plan ahead? -- Making a will -- Funeral funds -- Enduring guardian -- Advanced care directive -- Power of attorney -- Where can I get help? -- Getting more information
A will --  A funeral -- Power of attorney -- An enduring guardian

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