12 Ways to Create an Empowering Dementia Environment

Part of my work as a staff educator is to improve care on our geriatric mental health unit. I teach several things that I hope will help you in your work too.
 
The first is this, which is posted on our unit for staff to follow:
 
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I also teach what I call CVS:

 
The person with dementia needs to feel in control of his life, valued as a person with a history, and safe emotionally and physically.
 
The caregiver also needs CVS:
 
To feel in charge of the disease through education, to feel validated as a caregiver, and to feel satisfaction in what they accomplish in care.
 
Both someone w/ #dementia and the #caregiver need "CVS": To feel in Control, Valued and Safe.

And I teach staff this from the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Institute:
 
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I believe all this helps us capture our value in changing lives. How do you improve care for your patient or loved one?
 
Beverly Moore is a Senior Level CPI Instructor. She trains about 200 hospital employees per year (ER staff, social workers, RNs, mental health counselors, nursing assistants, and all new hires) and strives to advance Carney Hospital’s patient-centered approach to care. Beverly also coaches dementia caregivers, teaching people how to tap their strengths to face their challenges with more confidence.
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“Every individual on this earth deserves to be treated with compassion, understanding, and the right to keep their dignity intact. This can be difficult to honor at times when someone loses control of their behavior, but that’s where Rational Detachment and not taking it personally really kicks in. What has helped me be able to do this well goes back to the first day I was introduced to Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training. I was a participant before becoming a Certified Instructor (and before working for CPI), and over the years I have had so many opportunities to use what I learned way back then. Today, I live the skills automatically. It’s an honor to have been given those skills to live the philosophy of treating others the way I want to be treated.”

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