2017 AHC/NCAL Annual Convention & Expo
Millions of Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, and the number is increasing each year. As a result, memory care is experiencing significant growth in the senior living industry. However, caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia is very complex, and poor outcomes such as excess disability, hospitalizations, falls, poor quality of life, negative behaviors, and overuse of antipsychotic medications have been commonplace. Therefore, there has been a considerable focus on improving the quality of dementia care and services with the goal of producing more favorable outcomes for people with dementia, their care providers, and society as a whole.
Strength-based dementia practice and programs are essential for facilitating quality dementia care outcomes. This session will identify the primary retained strengths associated with each dementia stage and will define how these strengths, combined with other typical stage characteristics, directly correlate to establishing realistic expectations for the level of function for each stage. In addition, specific compensatory care strategies, in which care partners access and use the retained strengths while compensating for the diminished or lost abilities, will be described for each dementia stage. Video case studies will demonstrate implementation of some of the key strategies. An explanation of how to integrate a strength-based philosophy into resident cognitive assessments, care planning, and programming will be provided. Specific examples of how strength-based dementia care and programming can help providers achieve quality initiatives will be presented.
President and Founder of Dementia Care Specialists
CPI/Dementia Care Specialists
Kim Warchol is an Occupational Therapist with over 25 years of experience specializing in dementia care. She is founder and President of Dementia Care Specialists, a CPI specialized offering. Kim has educated thousands of therapists and other healthcare professionals on an abilities-focused, person-centered approach to dementia assessment, treatment, care planning, and programming. Acting as a consultant Kim has set-up many long-term care memory care environments and programs using this innovative, person-centered and dementia stage-informed model. Kim has published numerous articles, she has contributed to the development of important dementia care quality initiatives, and she lectures nationally on topics related to quality dementia care and environmental design. Kim is passionate about creating a Dementia Capable Society.
Monday, October 16
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM