Dementia is a complex and challenging condition affecting 55 million individuals and families worldwide. According to National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), 42% of individuals living in senior care communities have Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia. Supporting and enhancing the quality of life for those living with dementia requires a specialized level of expertise and care. June—recognized nationally as Dementia Care Professional Month—is a dedicated time to honor the compassion, dedication, and expertise of those who work to improve the lives of those with dementia.
Dementia care professionals include a range of individuals working in various settings, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and home care agencies. They include physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, social workers, and more. Each of these professionals possesses unique skills, knowledge, and experiences to make a significant impact on the lives of people with dementia.
Those professionals working with dementia have a deep understanding that this condition affects not only those diagnosed but their families and caregivers. Therefore, our Legacy therapists provide emotional support, guidance, and education to help families and caregivers navigate the complexities of caring for someone with dementia. Our goal is to empower families with knowledge and resources and help them feel in control of a situation that, at times, can feel difficult.
Dementia care professionals often have extensive training to develop a comprehensive understanding of the condition and its complexities. At Legacy, we are proud of the training we provide to each staff member and what we offer to our partnering communities to ensure the care of our residents with dementia is effective, evidenced-based, and person-centered. The approach taken is centered around the person with dementia’s abilities rather than disabilities, and our staff tailor their approach to meet the person’s specific needs. Our focus is continually on maintaining dignity, promoting safety and independence, and enhancing the quality of life.
Dementia care professionals all play an essential role in enhancing the quality of life for individuals with dementia and their families. This month serves as a reminder to appreciate and celebrate these professionals and the remarkable work they do every day. Thank you to all dementia care professionals—we are truly grateful for you and the impact you have on seniors daily!
National Center for Assisted Living
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