Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Staff Education Week – For those diagnosed with dementia and other similar diseases, special care is required for care and advancement. This week is dedicated to making sure this happens.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s are sometimes used interchangeably to describe a person dealing with a decline in mental abilities. While there is no way to prevent, cure, or even slow Alzheimer’s disease, it is essential to know that there are differences in both diagnoses and that new findings and continuing education are the best care and advancement methods.
First, it is vital to know the difference between the two. One is a specific disease diagnosis – which is Alzheimer’s – and the other is a general term “dementia,” which refers to what happens when mental cognition has declined.
For those diagnosed with either of these, there has been damage to the brain cells, affecting different areas of thinking from communication to thoughts and even feelings.
Caregivers require special training as they often deal with individuals who are experiencing disorientation, confusion, and sudden behavior changes. Depending on how progressed the disease is, it can also mean speaking, swallowing, and even walking are difficult. These factors contribute to a pressing need for improvements in how we care and treat these individuals.
February 14-21 is a time set aside to recognize the importance of having staff present at healthcare facilities, helping these patients have the excellent care they deserve.
The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners uses this week to focus on promoting topics of sensitivity and respect for those diagnosed with dementia.
One of the key tactics for front-line staff is learning the best ways to communicate and approach patients to help them with everyday activities they need help with. Better care and treatment are also a large factor in moving improvements forward as breakthroughs in treating the disease are discovered.
Working together, management and care for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia can be better.
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