Enhanced Care for the Person Living with Dementia
Making an Impact With iPads
Our staff have also had great success using iPads with specific applications to interest patients with dementia. Social workers use iPads with specific applications that have produced interaction with patients. Over the past several years, we have seen amazing results. Even our most unresponsive patients have interacted with the iPads that have been brought to visits. A diagnosis of dementia can be frightening for a family, but this new program offers a glimpse of the loved one they know is still there.
This initiative is being implemented in homes, assisted-living communities, and skilled nursing facilities. We believe that this new program will make a significant impact in the end-of-life care that our patients with advanced dementia receive.
Caring for a person with dementia is often very difficult, with family and other caregivers experiencing high levels of both physical and emotional stress. In an effort to alleviate some of this anxiety, Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region has created a specialized care plan for patients diagnosed with dementia, which also includes support and education for caregivers.
The extensive training provides tools to physicians, RNs, nursing assistants, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers and includes instruction on increasing or maintaining a patient’s quality of life, appropriate pain and symptom management, and advance care planning (i.e. Living Will, Health Care Power of Attorney). There is even social support for caregivers.
We have trained clinical staff to understand the symptoms of dementia and we have introduced a pain assessment tool specifically designed for patients with impaired communication. These teams also work with therapeutic sensory kits containing aromatherapy scents and tactile stimuli, incorporating items reminiscent of their patients' childhood or career, music from their youth, and more. These kits are designed to stimulate the brain and increase communication with both the care team and family members.
Click on the picture below to watch a video of how a patient responded to the iPad:
In order to offer even better care to our patients living with dementia, HPCCR has a goal of purchasing iPads for all of our social workers to use with this project. You can help us reach this goal by clicking here and making a gift to fund this meaningful project.
|Thank you to the Mecklenburg Medical Alliance & Endowment for their grant to support Positive Approach to Care, a hospice training program that provides volunteers and staff with a deeper understanding of dementia and dementia related behaviors.|
If your loved one is living with dementia, we would be happy to talk with you further about this program. Call us at 704.375.0100. We can help.