According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “person centered care” is a focus on residents’ emotional needs and care preferences consistent with their lifestyle. Relationships, rather than tasks, are the focus in this holistic approach assuring quality of life for the whole person. It means encouraging a resident’s creative passions as well as understanding culturally, spiritually, and socially who they are. Residents suffering from dementia deal daily with the theft of their memories and identities. Additionally, recent statistics show that those diagnosed with dementia from the LGBT population face uniquely challenging circumstances in that they are twice as likely to age without a spouse or partner, and three to four times less likely to have children. 40% of LGBT older people in their 60s and 70s say that their health care providers do not know their sexual orientations. All these factors make “person centered care” a challenge in a memory care environment. This session will provide you with the latest methods and strategies to ensure you are meeting the emotional and lifestyle needs of your memory care residents.
Melissa Batchelor, PhD., RN-BC, FNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN, Associate Professor, The George Washington University School of Nursing; Director, Center for Aging, Health and Humanities
Kelly Focht MSW, Senior Director, Memory Care, Spectrum Retirement Communities LLC
Beverly Lunsford, PhD., RN, FAAN, Co-Director, Center for Aging, Health and Humanities Assistant Professor, George Washington University
Rita Alman, SVP, Memory Care & Program Services, Sunrise Senior Living
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