Seminar Announcement: Advanced Dementia; Alleviating Distress, Increasing Comfort

Scott Jackson CMP in Education

On February 13th and 14th, CaringKind in association with NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host a seminar entitled "Advanced Dementia; Alleviating Distress, Increasing Comfort. The fundamental premise underlying all care for people with dementia is that behavior is communication. This is not a new concept and it is an essential part of all training programs in dementia care. These behavioral expressions are almost always signs of distress, and as the disease progresses, behavior rather than words become the primary mode of communication for most people living with dementia. Comfort—preventing or relieving distress—becomes a cornerstone of care for people with advanced dementia. Special attention will be given to identifying strategies for addressing the role earlier life trauma (such as the Holocaust, or military service) can play in causing distress for people with dementia. Staff trained in dementia care is necessary but insufficient. Organizational systems must be aligned to support a comfort approach and to insure staff efforts are effective. This presentation will address the organizational systems, practices and processes that need to be in place in order to effectively deliver dementia-capable care.

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