Dementia care services

Integrating dementia care into services requires a holistic transformation. When Tom Kitwood imagined personhood, its discourse is that each person is unique and sacred, driving the importance of recognising humanity and respect for others.
“It is a standing or status that is bestowed upon one human being, by others, in the context of relationship and social being.” (Kitwood, 1997).

The term Person-Centred Care (PCC) has been and is still advertised around in the aged care sector. Over the last 20 years, aged care providers have slowly come to understand the essence of being human, and incrementally introduced the notion and practice of PCC in their services, despite many physical and financial challenges attached to the operation of aged care services. For example, while many providers employ trained staff to provide the care residents require, it is in reality that residents entering facilities have increased frailty. Providers ought to rethink and to include a designated dementia care employee to provide practical mentoring and support for all staff to carry out their duties.

Society’s current understanding of dementia is minimal and generalist. Often, the resident, their family, and staff perceptions of the diagnosis and development of dementia may hinder the process and practice of dignified care. An informed provider can help to support the culture of dementia care by interpreting the goals of PCC into practice through an educated workforce. The symptoms of dementia are not merely the loss of memory and inabilities to carry out daily duties. A variety of dementia lives amongst other health conditions that need addressing.

The clinical trajectory of dementia is terminal. To provide the appropriate response while maintaining the dignity of the person, an understanding of dementia and its disabilities is paramount. In some cases, it is the need to integrate a palliative approach in acknowledgement of a comfortable plan of managing the physical, mental, and spiritual pain. Nevertheless, through an interactive relationship between all parties and effectively communicate on the response to the person who has dementia can help make caring easier.

KOPWA’s Archbold House has highly trained and passionate staff who can help you and your family member transit comfortably to receive the best care and lifestyle.