Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a group of symptoms that affect how well our brain works, which also impacts our behaviour. Did you know, 4 out of 5 New Zealander’s know or have known someone living with Dementia? That is quite a large presence of dementia in our communities, especially amongst the elderly, and this number is growing rapidly. Because of this, it is important we understand and provide the right type of care and support to our loved ones who live with it.
Individualised care is one of three pillars of best-practice care for people living with dementia. The other two pillars being the medicalised aspects of dementia and ensuring there is support to have all care needs met. All three pillars work together and are necessary for good dementia care.
Individualised care values “people as people” meaning the care provided is respectful of all individual patient preferences, needs and values. All clinical decisions are guided by our patient values, because at the end of the day, acknowledging the personhood of our patients is the main priority.
If you would like to learn more about individualised care, the NZ Dementia Foundation will be providing monthly content online in 2022 expanding on their 12 key principles for great person-centred care highlighted in their calendar.
You can find the NZ Dementia Foundation website and calendar here.