Benefits of Person-Centered Care for Dementia
Person-centered care involves tailoring a person's care to their interests, abilities, history and personality.
What are the benefits of person-centered care?
Person-centered care helps to ensure people with dementia can take part in the things they enjoy.
It can be an effective way of preventing and managing behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.
The key points of person-centered care
Treating the person with dignity and respect
understanding their history, lifestyle, culture and preferences, including their likes, dislikes, hobbies and interests
looking at situations from the point of view of the person with dementia
providing opportunities for the person to have conversations and relationships with other people
ensuring the person has the chance to try new things or take part in activities they enjoy.
Family, caregivers, and the person with dementia (where possible) should always be involved in developing a care plan based on person-centered care.
Their knowledge and understanding of the person is extremely valuable to make sure the care plan is right for them.