Optimising treatment and care for people for people with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia

The Alzheimers Society have produced this best practice guide which has been designed to support health and social care professionals to determine the best treatment and care for people experiencing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD).

The guide can be downloaded here.

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2 Responses to Optimising treatment and care for people for people with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia

  1. Garden says:

    April 5, 2012Hi Amy,I’m so sorry about all that you are managing and manniatniig. I understand about the sundowning. I experience this with my mother who has dementia. I’m so glad you wrote about it. The resources others have been sharing will be so helpful.Denise advised me a while back to write about the tough moments/days if only just a few sentences. I’ll pass that advice on to you about the sundowning. If there is a behavior that is upsetting to you and if you feel comfortable, please tell us about it. For me, the release in writing has been amazing. It sounds as though you may be able to talk with your sister too.Please take care of yourself Amy. You do so much for so many, just don’t forget how important you are. Add strength to yours through remembering you need help physically too.Thinking of you and your family. Please take care.

    • Rohit says:

      It seems that the problem with unrsaivel healthcare is both a political and moral dilemma. As you so elegantly say, in this country, the very thought of unrsaivel healthcare would place a rather unnecessary burden on the American taxpayer, if indeed the government is to assume responsibility for the medical welfare of every citizen. While you argue that the very nature of such a system necessarily demands the allocation of taxpayer dollars to a class of health “unconscious” citizens, I must direct attention to the current system. Medicaid and Medicare are dually supported by the state and federal governments, and use the taxpayer’s money to support a class that you describe. Is our current system ideal? Our medical system rests heavily on the shoulders of independent investors, and of course you, the consumer of insurance. One may make the argument that our current system allows the individual to be in control of the quality of medical care he/she receives. In a sense, it is the American’s right or sense of entitlement to choose and pay for the best medical care possible. I surmise that this thought is correct, as most individuals do not wish to be ill; thus, inspiring one to pay for a suitable insurance plan. Those that cannot afford or whose disabilities prevent such insurance are supported by the American taxpayer dollar. We do not know these individuals who we support indirectly, and nor can we easily prevent our tax money from being spent on these programs. Currently, one-third of those receiving Medicare/Medicaid will be on these programs for the remainder of their lives. The moral predicament here is not necessarily financially based, but rather concerns the question of health. Who is entitled to good health? Certainly we omit the individual who has a complete disregard for health, consuming fatty foods and partaking in unhealthy activities. What about the individual, though, who earns less than 20K/year and who’s insurance plan covers little in terms of advanced medical care? We cannot choose to have an illness such as cancer or congestive heart failure, as the illness is independent of financial standing. Nonetheless though, health in this country is a matter of wealthy or poor. The wealthy individual in need of a kidney transplant or cancer treatment is automatically in a position to receive the highest quality of care. This further extends to the hospital the individual receives care. Heart bypass surgery at a local community hospital or Johns Hopkins? The average American family of two pays $2,500/year for health insurance. Most plans rarely cover the cost of advanced treatments, such as those mentioned above. While it seems foolish to have to pay for individuals who are unhealthy, it seems equally incoherent to have to pay for a spouse’s medical bills twenty years after their death. In essence, current insurance plans cover very little in terms of complex care, even MRI/CT scans. So I ask you, are we not all entitled to a healthy living? While no one can really choose to be ill (with certain exceptions of course), why do we adopt a system that privileges financial standing? Are we not all worthy of health?

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