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12 Exceptional Benefits of a Dementia Care Consultant

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In this blog, discover the transformative benefits of dementia care consulting.  You might not be aware that dementia care consultants are available, or you may not know about the services they offer.  From personalized care plans to expert and compassionate guidance, we will explore how working with a consultant can empower individuals and families navigating the challenges of dementia.

Dementia is unique for each individual, defying a one-size-fits-all approach to diagnosis and care.  Symptoms and progression vary greatly from person to person.  This complexity underscores the importance of individualized care rather than relying on generic information.  A dementia care consultant leverages their deep understanding of dementia and its nuances to create care plans that address each individual based on their abilities, preferences and needs.

Dementia care plan

Areas that may be included in a dementia care plan are as follows:

  1. Medical Management – If the dementia care consultant you choose has a degree in medicine or nursing, they will complete a review of all medical history and make recommendations based on their findings.  This may include suggestions to follow up with the healthcare provider or implement lifestyle changes.
  2. Legal Planning – It’s critical to have all legal plans in place to ensure that the individual’s wishes are honored, their assets are protected, and their care needs are met.  If legal planning has not been completed ahead of time, challenges may arise resulting in additional stress, uncertainty, and possible court proceedings.  
  3. Behavior Management – There may be times when challenging behaviors present and a consultant can offer personalized strategies, helping to minimize these behaviors and improve quality of life for both the individual and their caregivers.  The consultant may introduce a behavior calendar as a way to determine patterns related to behavior.
  4. Medication Management – All medication, including over the counter and supplements are reviewed so treatment plans are optimized with education and support to ensure safe and effective medication administration.  The consultant guides families in techniques to improve compliance, and when to contact the provider to discuss changes in the medication regimen.  
  5. Socialization – The consultant will recommend and facilitate engagement in social activities based on the individual’s interests and abilities.  This may include meaningful social activities and socialization with family, friends, or community connections.
  6. Physical Activities – Engagement in physical activity is known to play a role in improving overall wellbeing.  Developing a suitable exercise program in a safe manner and offering suggestions to accommodate any mobility or cognitive issues is very beneficial.
  7. Cognitive Activities – By recommending and facilitating stimulating activities tailored to the individual’s cognitive abilities and interests, brain health and function can be optimized.  The consultant may collaborate with family and professional caregivers to develop enrichment programs and ensure cognitive engagement.
  8. Communication Strategies – Validation techniques, empathetic listening, and strategies to manage communication difficulties empower caregivers with the tools and knowledge they need.  Consultants are able to teach caregivers what to say and how to say it for improved quality of life for the individual and their loved ones.
  9. Environmental Needs – Home safety screenings with recommendations to address fall risks, elopement risks, or kitchen safety concerns are addressed.  The consultant also shares techniques to make the environment dementia-friendly, both which are paramount in aging in place successfully.  
  10. Emotional Support for Families – Dementia care consultants provide an objective view with a compassionate and empathetic presence.  They provide education on coping strategies, self-care and accessing support networks to address stress, anxiety, and caregiver burnout. 
  11. Caregiver Training – Personalized education and instruction on various aspects of dementia care build caregiver knowledge, skills and resilience needed to provide care for their loved one.  Practical tips and having a professional guide you every step of the way helps improve confidence in the caregiving role.
  12. Community Resources – Experienced consultants can connect you with the appropriate resources based on individual needs.  This may include adult day programs, home care agencies, elder law attorneys, and other community-based resources tailored to those living with dementia.
In conclusion, dementia care consultants play a vital role in supporting individuals and families affected by dementia.  By providing expertise, guidance, and emotional support, families will be ready to navigate the challenges of dementia with confidence and compassion.  Individuals living with dementia can engage in meaningful activities and relationships and enhance their quality of life.  Together, we can travel this journey with understanding, dignity and resilience.  Contact Wellness Strategies Group to learn more about our five-star dementia care consulting services.