Care For Memories Initiative Case Study

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Introducing the “Care for memories initiative” Amongst thousands of conditions that can affect the human body, neurological dysfunctions are highly devastating for families because they can affect someone’s ability to complete basic daily functions on their own. Some of these disorders can affect the older adult or appear as an effect of aging. Others may strike early on in life. Whatever the case, people affected by these conditions will most likely require partial or complete care which will most likely be provided by an immediate family member who’s life will be greatly affected by this unexpected occurrence. For instance, people usually associate dementia with old age but in recent years it has been shown that adults, as young as 50 have…show more content…
This is why, most home health programs have standard health protocols, plans of care, interventions and routine evaluation measures to assist people suffering from moderate and severe dementia of late onset. But early onset Alzheimer’s disease affects people who are most likely young, employed, physically robust, sexually active and who have different leisure interests than their elder peers. Chaston D. (2010) suggests that: “numerous barriers continue to prevent younger adults with dementia accessing support and services. Their voices are not heard and their needs overlooked, often because nurses and other health professionals fail to recognise that dementia exists in this age group.” So, to make sure young individuals affected by dementia get the home care they need, “Care for memories initiative’s” focus is to create a comprehensive home care program for families whose first degree relative has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Within this program, where the expertise of various professionals will be required, people suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s disease will be followed up regularly and according to their needs. First and foremost, the institution carrying out the program will educate and raise awareness of home care providers like nurses, social workers, psychologists and recreational therapists about the unique challenges faced by these families. Occasional and primary care givers as well as patients will also be educated and supported through the challenges of early onset dementia because “EOD caregivers experience high levels of burden and suffer from depressive symptoms. In addition, they appear to experience a considerable number of psychosocial problems, including relational difficulties, family conflict, employment and financial issues, and negative experiences regarding the diagnostic process.”(Vliet, D. et al 2010, 1097) Since the

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