referred to as the recipient of care, this statement lacks true meaning; reducing person to a single machine-like object. They are first and foremost human beings whose care involves the whole individual. They exist within a matrix of family, caregivers, significant others, and communities. In my practice, human-centered care is central to the articulation of my personal nursing philosophy. It is one that treats the patient as an integrated individual of body, soul, and spirit, instead of simply treating their illness or health concerns in isolation. It requires me to stand in their shoes in order to convey an understanding of their situation. As such, they should not be reduced to simply generalizations, but should be cared for in their
Dementia is a common syndrome found among elderly over the globe. Talking about dementia, the first word emerge from mind is “loss”. Learning about the disease manifestation, it is known that dementia does bring a huge impact to the affected senior so as the caregiver. Many of us used to focus on the losses of dementia client which indeed causing a labeling effect. Remembered in the first lesson, a question “As a case manager, what will you do to help the client with dementia and the family?” was asked. I realized my answer is “Refer the client to suitable care unit”. It seems that my original thought deprived the elderly as I failed to think of other better solution like assisting them to age in the community. Although dementia leads to certain kinds of loss to people with dementia, their needs and strengths should not be neglected. Institutionalization thus may not the best solution. To serve the elderly, I need to modify my thought by adopting a strength-based approach. Practice should not mutually focus on the losses, but to explore more on the possibilities. Boosting the quality of life is also an important issue, empowering the client by bear in mind that “we are not only work for the service users, but work with them”.
Dementia has caused challenges and heartache for many families I have met. A loved one who no longer recognizes you could be difficult to cope with. I have had clients who do not know their own children and are unaware of their surroundings. Even though they have lived in the same home for over 30 years; it is now a strange new place to explore. Closets, bedrooms, and garages that were once frequented are now entered with caution and wonder. Everyday items are puzzles just waiting to be solved. As the disease progresses the harder it is to grasp the present. The past, like an old friend, beckons and comes to life bringing former friends and relatives of long ago, to the surface. Stories of days gone by are repeated and relived over and over. Constantly searching while longing to understand what is happening. Not being able to piece together the answers is frustrating. With frustration comes irritability and sleeplessness turning days into nights and nights into days. Everyday tasks became impossible, confusing, and troublesome. Dementia sometimes goes for years undetected; it is one of the most difficult diseases to diagnose. Because Dementia is an incurable disease that progresses with time we need to be diligent in finding a cure to prevent more victims.
I believe equality means every individual should be treated and given the same attention no matter who they are. No individual should be discriminated due to their disability. The equality act came into effect in October 2010. This is a law which protects people from being treated differently because of their disability. Equality in health care is ensuring everyone has an access to medical care despite who they are. Equality is about creating a fairer society where everyone regardless of who they are has a chance to fulfil their potential. By getting rid of prejudice and discrimination, the NHS can now distribute services that are personal, fair and diverse society which is healthier and happier.
Dementia is the loss of a person’s mental skills from their daily routines. The symptoms of dementia could easily be over looked, they include forgetting things, daily routines are hard to complete, misplacing things, depression, aggravation and aggression, emotion are high, even feeling like someone is a threat to their life (Web MD,2012). Caring for someone with dementia can be difficult if with resources like healthcare, living facilities, nursing homes and medicine is involved, but sometimes healthcare and facilities do not provide the proper care. This disease is very common in the elderly community past the age of sixty-five. Finding out that a loved
In this essay I will compare person-Centred counselling with cognitive-Behavioural counselling and their different approaches and why the counselling relationship is so important. There will be a brief outline of what Person Centred and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy.
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Dementia is a growing problem in the United States and around the world. There are currently 5.3 million people in the United States who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other dementias and this number is expected to increase by 40 percent in the next decade (Alzheimer’s Association, 2015). Dementia care is typically provided by an unpaid caregiver that is a relation or close friend until the patient is admitted to a long term care facility such as assisted living or a nursing home. Once the patient has been admitted to a facility, the caregiver still provides care for the dementia patient just in another capacity.
Working as a clinical social worker in the Washington, DC area with patients diagnosed with life-limiting illness such as, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Lou Gehrig ’s disease (ALS), has taught me to be dedicated to a person-centered approach to therapy with patients and their families. Person-centered care is a trend that has been building in the social work community over the last few years. And I had considered the idea of person-centered care as a decent and noble practice. I now wholeheartedly trust the patient as the most salient guide in developing their own treatment. My most valuable work with patients is to listen and learn from each one, and let them determine their goals. The person in person-centered