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Dementia Care in Facilities

People are being admitted to long term care facilities in later stages of dementia and are living longer than in the past, making the professional caregiver's job more demanding. The articles and resources in this section offer information about the challenges that professional caregivers face in caring for people with Alzheimer's and dementia, and some of the methods, including Montessori methods and principles, that can be used to overcome them.

While the articles in this section are specific to facilities, family caregivers may also find the information helpful.


  • The Benefits of Small Group Activities for Dementia Patients

    Large group activities often work well for the general population in a care facility, but they are most often not successful for people with dementia. People with dementia often don't do well with the confusion of large groups, and the activity is often frustrating for them. A better approach for those residents is to provide short, easy to present small group programs for groups of 2 to 6 several times a week...

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  • "My Story" - Knowing the Person

    Knowing important background information about each resident can make a big difference to their care. Knowing who they are referring to when they mention a name, knowing important events in their life, knowing about their favourite pet or car can all help. It's all part of knowing the person behind the dementia...

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  • Increasing the Engagement of Patients with Dementia

    We all know that engaging the residents in meaningful activity helps improve their quality of life. Unfortunately, resources and time are limited, there's only so much that we can do. Our approach is to provide the tools and training to enable all staff to help out, even if for only a few minutes at a time...

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  • Barriers to Making Change in Dementia Care

    We've all heard the reasons why something can't be done - "not enough money", "not enough time", "not enough staff". But what exactly does that mean? This article explores ways to overcome those "barriers"...

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  • Communication is Key

    To successfully implement change, it is important that all the players know the plan, its benefits, how it will be implemented and how they can help. With all of the communication tools available to us today, that job is becoming easier but it still takes time and effort...

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