What can my organisation do?
Ensure that you provide a dementia-friendly environment (100kb pdf) for people in your care.
Look at how the physical built environment and the social environment can be optimised. This may include:
- room temperature
- light levels
- noise levels
- homely environment and ambience
- options for activities that are interesting or meaningful for the person
- care staff stability
- supports for the development of positive interpersonal relationships between care giver and care recipient
- presence of supportive and responsive leadership
- observation as to responses of the person with dementia to care staff, visitors, food, the physical environment, so that changes can be made accentuating the positive responses and eliminating the negative responses.
Use Dementia Support Australia resources on engagement and design to optimise care for people with dementia.
Unnecessary hospitalisation may increase the likelihood of delirium developing. Before organising a hospital transfer, confirm the client’s or resident’s wish.
So that treatment is in line with wishes and preferences, ensure that there are clear processes:
- for people with capacity to document their preferences for care
- for people who no longer have capacity, that substitute decision-makers are nominated
- that care plans are regularly reviewed.
Promote awareness of: