The bullet point information on
- physical, and
- emotional influences
- ... is very beneficial to both family and professional caregivers striving to make improvements that may avoid difficult behaviors.
- Practical coping strategies for responding to challenging situations such as
- incontinence and
- sleep problems
- dressing problems
- repetitive actions
- bathing &
- resistance to care
- These practical strategies for making changes based on possible causes and guidance to problem-solve helps to avoid the behavior and address it when it occurs.
Staff describe distressed behaviour as their greatest source of workplace stress when supporting people with dementia.
The process of dementia makes the experience of day to day living an acute challenge. This could be mediated with educated and timely inputs and where the caring contract may be negotiated to preserve both dignity and quality of life.
The premise of the adaptive response model is that armed with the knowledge of human systems and their ability to adapt and adjust, and with a firm application and emphasis on person centred approaches to dementia care, then the experience can be enhanced, and living with one of the dementias can be made less traumatic.
This holistic approach proposes a method of using environmental and social psychology to maximise function in the individual and to minimise the negative and destructive elements of the perceived and real environment.
• The biological domain
• The psychological and social domains
• Modern contexts of dementia care
• Stress and adaptive responses
• Adaptive response
Key topics explored in the workshop include:
- Understanding how it feels to live with dementia;
- Recognising the issues and feelings involved for family carers or healthcare professionals when caring for individuals with dementia; and
- Questioning one's own care approach and attitude, to encourage more compassionate person-centred care.