With a better understanding in place, caregivers will be more prepared to empathize, sympathize, and provide individualized care to clients with dementia type illnesses.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 04, 2011
Providing quality care for people with dementia type illnesses is an increasingly critical issue as the prevalence of dementia continues to grow. To ensure that its staff is properly educated regarding dementia and clients suffering from dementia type illnesses, the nonprofit senior services network Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services (CMSS), has initiated a program called the “Dementia Dialogue” – a series of monthly training sessions for caregiving employees.
The “Dementia Dialogue” training began in April of 2011, and the program is currently led by CMSS’s Home Care team. The sessions started as open forums for questions and shared experiences from staff members who had cared for dementia suffering clients. Based on the feedback from the early sessions, the Home Care team decided that implementing structured training sessions would be a benefit to the program.
The first step of the “Dementia Dialogue” program is to clarify any misconceptions regarding dementia, and ensure that the basics are established. Session leaders make certain that the staff understands dementia not as a disease, but as a group of signs and symptoms relating to various diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Then, an examination and discussion ensues to better understand what is actually happening to a person suffering from cognitive-related diseases. With a better understanding in place, caregivers will be more prepared to empathize, sympathize, and provide individualized care to clients with dementia type illnesses.
The objectives of the “Dementia Dialogue” are as follows:
- To introduce a paradigm shift and change the way CMSS provides care for dementia-suffering clients
- To fulfill CMSS’s mission: “Support, improve, and enhance the quality of life for older adults by empowering them to live with dignity and respect”
- To provide the knowledge and skills that will enable the CMSS staff, as long-term care providers, to enhance lives and celebrate the moments shared with clients
Chicago Methodist Senior Services is one of Chicago’s oldest and strongest nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving older adults. Incorporated in 1898, CMSS operates rehabilitative and subacute care, memory support assisted living, supportive living, home care, Alzheimer’s and memory support, and affordable housing services for seniors. More information is available at http://www.cmsschicago.org, or by calling 773-506-6950.