What Is Dementia Care Mapping?

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Did you know that an estimated 4 to 5 million Americans currently have dementia?

Even more troubling are the high costs of dementia care. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimated that dementia care costs $215 billion a year for Americans.

That makes dementia care more expensive than heart disease and cancer. Unfortunately, many aren’t aware of the best methods for caring for Dementia patients.

And with so many seniors and their families suffering there has never been a more important time to get the best care. Dementia Care Mapping is a great way to make sure you and your loved ones are in the right hands.

The treatment foundation should be part of any Dementia care. Make sure you ask your care provider if they participate in Dementia Care Mapping.

Here’s why:

Dementia Care Mapping Means Quality Care

Developed nearly 20 years ago, the treatment method is an integral part of quality care for Dementia patients. At its core, the mapping technique encourages observation of a patient.

We all know that Dementia patients can lose the ability to articulate their needs. Care Mapping means watching their behavioral responses and tailoring care accordingly.

What could be more important to maintaining quality care than making sure treatments are effective? That’s one benefit of this type of Dementia care.

Offers a Personal Approach

While Dementia is an umbrella term, it can manifest itself in many ways. There seem to be as many different symptom types as there are patients.

Personality changes, memory loss, and loss of skills to perform every day activities all present to greater or less degrees with Dementia patients.

It’s important to remember that Dementia isn’t a disease. It’s a word used to describe a wide-range of symptoms.

The observational techniques and training offered in Care Mapping allow care to be tailored to the behavior and needs of each patient. Focusing on a single treatment approach in Dementia doesn’t work.

The different symptoms and complications require this personal approach.

There Are Many Uses for Care Mapping

Your caregiver should have Care Mapping in place for treating Dementia patients. This process will include training staff in the technique and giving the best observational treatment available.

The uses of Care Mapping include:

  • Patient Assessment and Care Planning
  • Quality Control and Treatment Improvement
  • Regular Reviews of Key Times of Day
  • Staff Reviews and Improvement Plans
  • Training Needs Analysis for Staff

Making Room For Advancements

It’s easy to see how Dementia Care Mapping provides the framework for superior care. By assessing the individual needs of each patient caregivers are able to make significant strides.

Without this foundation for treatment, Dementia care can prove overwhelming and stressful. However, by creating a process for quality care, advancements like doll therapy could improve the quality of life for you or a loved one.

Get The Best Support

Many of us know that there are difficult aspects of dealing with aging process and getting the best care for seniors. Whether you are wrestling with your own issues or caretaking for a loved one, I can help.

I’m Kendall Van Blarcom, the founder of Van Blarcom Consulting. For over 25 years, I have provided personal consulting and counseling to over 1,000 clients around the world.

I can help you navigate the stresses of senior care.

Try an introductory session with me. For 30 minutes we’ll get to know each other & you’ll learn why my clients keep coming back.

Don’t wait. Contact me now to schedule an introductory session.

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