The Dementia Care sector is currently in a process of change to adjust and align services and care practices to better meet the needs of the person living with dementia and their families. The goal is to help enhance quality of life and the experience of living with the disease. A good understanding of care services will help you make informed decisions about care and to understand what ‘best’ care services should look and feel like.
There has been a lot of research and new understanding into how services can better support people living with dementia and their families. Many models of care have been developed and implemented, these models seek to change the way in which we care for and support the person with dementia and their loved ones. At the core of good quality models of care and at the heart of what we do at Alzheimer’s WA, are the underpinning principles of what is called a person-centred approach.
A person-centred approach ensures that the person with dementia is involved in any decisions made about their life, it considers all aspects of their life and wellbeing. A person-centred approach focuses on enhancing their quality of life and considers all aspects of the human experience, including the physical, emotional, social, spiritual and psychological. In this section we explore different models of care, the person-centred approach in more detail, ‘personhood’ and what this means, the benefits of complimentary therapies and the use of art and music.