I MATTER ~ Person-Centered Dementia Care™ is a holistic philosophy of care that focuses on the individual rather than on the condition, and on the person’s strengths and abilities, rather than on their losses. It is an interactive process across the continuum of services, in which people with dementia are active participants in their own care, and care partners play a vital role in ensuring their loved one’s health and well-being.
This holistic approach to dementia care is based upon the 6 domains described below:
My Sense of Purpose
My Emotions MATTER
My Movements MATTER
My Friends MATTER
My Quiet Time MATTERS
My Mind MATTERS
Intellectual, Memory & Thinking
Preferred Provider Standards
To assure the family caregivers and care partners we work with, and who trust us to provide them with information, education, guidance and support, are referred to community based service providers who are committed to meeting the complex needs of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders (ADRD), our Board of Directors has established Preferred Provider Standards for Person Centered Care.
These standards are meant to service as a minimum set of recommendations, fundamental to providing effective dementia care, and which are based on widely recognized and accepted person-centered care practices and techniques. In accordance to the principles of person-centered care, all of these techniques are tailored to the abilities and changing needs of each individual patient/resident.
Education strategies have the potential for significantly improving the quality of care for individuals with cognitive impairment, improving their quality of life, reducing the amount of time spent in restrictive settings, and lowering burdens on caregivers.
In part this is due to current knowledge of the best or most effective practices as identified in literature, a variety of white papers, and in published guidelines developed in the United states and internationally.
Evidence based research shows that 68% of patients residing in nursing homes, and more than half of residents living in assisted living communities, have some degree of cognitive impairment. Current research and guidelines point to specific practices, treatments, and interventions that if employed could significantly improve the quality of care for those with cognitive impairment. However, research also shows that to a very significant degree, practitioners in a variety of health care settings do not implement recommended practices with any degree of consistency, this has a significant effect on the quality of care and the quality of life of the person living with cognitive impairment, and their immediate family members.
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