In Support of Social Model of Care for Dementia

I was able to complete my training modules for Social Model of Care and Activity Driven Care for the dementia client this week.  I am a true believer in this care practice, whether in the long term care environment or community agencies.

In my practice over the last twenty years, I have witnessed the true significance of the physical and social environments in meeting the needs of the dementia client.  Despite efforts of many, to shift the trend from the medical model of care to a more holistic approach, Social Model of Care; we still struggle with institutional inability to focus on individuality and choice of the dementia client.  Particularly in relationship to key philosophies of care including Culture of Change, Person-Centered Care and Eden Alternative.

There are many reasons for the breakdown of these philosophies, from fiscal management to academic training, to shifting the focus to the true philosophies of person-centered care within the healthcare environment.  For my purposes, providing the leadership training to organizations in order to assist our culture, to better understand the true significance of this philosophy in relation to dementia care remain paramount.

As mentioned, the healthcare culture has made strides in moving away from a task-oriented model of care towards a more holistic model of care better referred to as person-centered care, or as I refer to as Social Model of Care. To better understand this relationship to dementia care we can review the gains from a historical perspective such as in the past, 1)the caregiver viewed dementia strictly from a medical perspective, 2) care was task driven, 3)managed the client through chemical and physical restraints, 4) care disempowered the dementia client.  In contrast, the Social Model of Care empowers the individual through maintaining independence, empowering the individual through validation of their lifetime experiences, and the freedom to promote a dignified quality of life with their disease.

To further illustrate this, the Social Model of Care promotes the principle of the individual’s life time experiences, unique relationships and contributions through the use of Lifestyle Assessments and treatment options. These lifetime patterns of the individual become part of the individuals’ treatment plan.  With this in mind, the “personhood” of the individual with dementia is able to participate in strengthed based programming, with a positive emotional response to care with improved quality of life for the individual.

The team at Caring Resources will provide the necessary training to incorporate the Social Model of Care for your organization.  Furthermore, we will provide a positive learning environment thru quality educational material, and teaching that meet the diverse needs, aptitudes, disabilities and goals of their students.  Our team will enhance learning thru excellence in research, performance and goal setting within the industry, and curriculum development. For more information regarding the Social Model of Care or other training modules, contact us today.


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