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Considerations for Dementia Care Professionals

Person Centered Care for Dementia

Many professionals subscribe to the concepts of person centered care when caring for people with Alzheimer's,  or other forms of dementia.   Key concepts of person centered care include:
  • Recognizing the PERSON first, and the dementia second
  • Placing value on allowing the person with dementia to have a say in their care
  • Recognizing that the person still has capabilities, no matter the stage of dementia
  • Striving to maintain the person's individual history
MindStart products are based on common activities, or hobbies, that people with dementia previously engaged in, but are adapted to allow for greater success.  Modifications are built into the products for the various stages of dementia, allowing capabilites that remain to be exercised and used.  Themes and images used in the MindStart products are common to the events of adult daily life.  For these reasons, MindStart is a great fit to the concepts of person centered dementia care.

MindStart Activities Offer Efficient Use of Organizational Resources for Dementia Care

MindStart recognizes the challenges of meeting all the needs of people with Alzheimer's or other dementias.  The needs are various, fluctuating, and can be mentally and physically challenging for caregivers.  Working as a team, from administration to the education team to the on-site staff, is pertinent to meet the challenges.  MindStart products are built to be cost efficient. 
  • Are durable and re-usable
  • Include user guides to inform staff how the  products can be used in various ways and for various levels of dementia; free tutorial videos also exist for some products
  • Require less caregiver oversight than traditional dementia care activities
  • Provide important cognitive stimulation, which can be important therapy to minimize the rate of cognitive decline for people with dementia

MindStart Dementia Activities for Various Professionals in Various Settings:

Types of Professionals

  • Recreation therapists and activity professionals
  • Home care aides or companions
  • Nursing assistants
  • Geriatric care managers
  • Occupational therapists

Types of Settings

  • Assisted living/memory care units
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Home care
  • Adult day services
  • Residential care homes
  • Life skills programs for adult developmentally disabled
  • Occupational therapy clinics for rehab of head injury, stroke, or other cognitive loss

Users of MindStart Activities for Dementia Care

Marbles the Brain Store...Johns Hopkins University...Thomas Jefferson University...College of St. Scholastica...Home Instead Home Care...Comfort Keepers Home Care...Easter Seals Adult Day Services...Opportunity Partners...Grace Homes Residential Care...Ashland Memorial Medical Center...Wellstead of Rogers...St. Therese Southwest...Masonic Home...Highview Hills...North Memorial Home Care...numerous home caregivers in the US, Canda, and the UK and more.