• Blog Post
  • July 26, 2018
  • Dementia Care Specialists

Improve Quality of Life by Embracing Non-Pharmacological Behavior Interventions for Dementia Care

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If you’ve never heard Dementia Care Specialists founder Kim Warchol, OTR/L, speak before, you’re in for a treat at this year’s IHCA/INCAL Convention & Expo. She’ll be presenting an in-depth session that explores a range of dementia-related behaviors and triggers, and how they can impact quality of life for individuals with dementia and their care partners.
 
Attendees will leave “Creating Quality of Life for those with Dementia through Successful Non-Pharmacologic Behavior Intervention” with an enhanced understanding of how to identify and proactively address dementia behaviors in a truly person-centered way, and apply this knowledge to more comprehensive and supportive care planning. This knowledge is critical for fulfilling new and expanded regulatory requirements that urge providers to shift from excessive use of pharmacological interventions toward a more constructive and supportive memory care approach.
 
Kim will discuss challenging behaviors that memory care partners are very familiar with, including:
  • Disruptive or repetitive vocalizations
  • Agitation
  • Verbal or physical threats
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Physically violent or disruptive behavior
  • Restlessness, pacing, or wandering
  • Resisting or refusing care
  • Sundowning
  • Inappropriate sexual behavior
  • Delusions and hallucinations
  • Sleep disturbances
 
Attendees will also develop critical insights on how poor behavior management in dementia care hurts far more than just residents—and how staff can develop the skills and confidence to not only stay safer on the job, but sustain their own careers. Strategies for effectively preventing, safely intervening, and constructively managing behavior with a nonpharmacological approach will be shared. Ultimately, this presentation will empower providers to better integrate evidence-based, person-centered, cognitive level-appropriate behavioral interventions into daily care planning—enriching their careers, improving resident and facility outcomes, and exceeding regulatory expectations.
 
If you’re ready to develop a sustainable strategy for improved outcomes in long-term care, this session will be extraordinarily beneficial. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
If you’re unable to attend, we encourage you to take a look at some of our additional resources for creating a Dementia Capable Society in which individuals with dementia and their care partners can truly thrive! And Dementia Care Specialists is always on hand if you’re interested in getting a consultation, a certification, or participating in training.
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