The National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHCH) has recently suggested a new approach to home care and dementia, called “person-centered memory care”. And, if you’re a follower of our blog, you may notice that this term is closely related to another relatively new term in home health care called “person-centered care”.
According to the NAHCH, and the non-profit center for the wellbeing of the elderly called the Eden Alternative, dementia care in home health care should be based on the principle of “deeply knowing” the individual one is assisting. This allows one with dementia’s care to be “framed through their eyes”, and home health care workers and caregivers to better establish a care plan that is based on the needs, wants, and desires of the individual; which includes adhering to a client’s daily routines, focusing on their passions, and respecting their dietary and lifestyle habits.
The end result, according to the Eden Alternative, is better care, more passionate care that increases social interaction, and a care plan that focuses more on the client as an individual, rather than a disease. Additionally, person-centered care for those with dementia helps to establish a sense of dignity, and aims to enhance the wellbeing of the client.
At Alliance Home Health Care, person-centered care has always been our priority, and we are glad that it is picking up traction in the home health care community. We use this philosophy in our unique Nostalgia Program, a program aimed at discovering a client’s passions and loves and focusing on nurturing them to help build a positive feeling of self-worth in those with dementia. If you would like to learn more about person-centered memory care, or our Nostalgia Program, please feel free to contact one of our trusted Care Advisors at 317-581-1100.