5 Dementia accredited products that support person-centered care
For those suffering from dementia, the responsive behaviors are among the most distressing and challenging outcomes of the condition. These responsive behaviors most commonly include apathy, depression, irritability, agitation or anxiety. The pressures on a care environment and individual caregivers to mitigate episodes of responsive behavior, as well as the moments of friction they entail, can be significant.
Arjo believes that it is only by applying a person-centered approach when caring for someone living with dementia that quality of life can be maintained, episodes of responsive behavior can be minimized and efficiency can be achieved.1
Supporting person-centered care
Creating a foundation of support that allows you to focus on a person-centered approach to care is key to enhancing quality of life for a person living with dementia. The principles of person-centered care assert the human value of people living with dementia. It is an approach that recognizes the individuality of the resident, their personality and how their life experiences influence their response to their condition. It also emphasizes the importance of relationships and interactions with others, as well as their potential for promoting well-being.
Person-centered care is internationally recognized as a best-practice model of care for people with dementia2 and is recommended in international policy and practice guidelines.3
The Arjo dementia care accredited product portfolio
Caring for residents living with dementia is a 24-hour task. Our carefully selected dementia care portfolio can assist you in delivering person-centered care around the clock, from patient transfers to bathing and wellness. Our solutions are selected based on their features to help you minimize the risk of responsive behavior, promote the well-being of your residents and create and maintain an environment of homeliness and familiarity.
Many of our products are designed with dementia care in mind and are certified as dementia friendly by the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), which is an international center of knowledge and expertise dedicated to improving the lives of people with dementia. Recognized worldwide as leaders in the field of dementia design, DSDC offers a bespoke design consultancy service for the review, accreditation, and rating of products for dementia-inclusive environments.
Watch five of our DSDC accredited dementia solutions in action:
Atlanta therapeutic chair
The Atlanta™ therapeutic chair comfortably accommodates individuals who may be challenging to seat, especially due to vigorous involuntary movements. Originally designed for patients with Huntington’s disease, this chair is widely used for patients with late-stage dementia. The Atlanta has been designed to be strong and stable, so as to withstand rigorous use.
The AtmosAir Velaris® is designed for low to high pressure injury risk and can be used as a non-powered reactive surface, or adapted to deliver active alternating therapy by connecting the mattress to the Velaris’ QuietConcept™ pump. This allows you to deliver customized therapy without having to change the mattress, especially caring for people with dementia who suffer from mobility challenges.
The Carendo® is a multipurpose height adjustable hygiene chair which is designed to be used by one caregiver and offers good eye contact in both the seated and reclining positions, thereby improving the likelihood of one-to-one engagement with the resident. The design of the seat cushion is soft and easily moved to provide comfort and also enables physically able residents the ability to participate in the activity.
The Sara® Flex allows a single caregiver to position a resident from a seated to a secure and stable standing position, in one ergonomic movement. The solution has been developed with aesthetic appeal in mind, and contrasting colors to help dementia patients to identify different parts. The flexible silicone leg support is comfortable and supports the leg and knee, while promoting participation of the persons living with dementia and enables them to continue to engage muscles.
The Sara® Stedy is a mobility-promoting support aid that can support residents to stand up independently. It supports participation of the person living with dementia and enables them to continue to engage muscles. It enables one caregiver to transfer patients safely and with ease, while the level of the resident and caregiver offers good eye contact to support strong resident-caregiver interaction.
Dementia Care Solutions Clinical Focus Guide
Due to the progressive nature of dementia and the potential presence of other chronic underlying conditions that may already affect mobility, the declining ability of the person to understand the task to be completed, along with communication challenges, it is easy to appreciate that hygiene care, mobility, and safe moving and handling are potentially complex aspects of supporting people with dementia.
Download our Dementia Care Solutions Clinical Focus Guide and learn about:
- Person-centered care for people living with dementia
- Overview and summary of needs when assessing hygiene and mobility risk
- Care recommendations for hygiene, mobility, and handling in dementia care
- Case examples from the Arjo Dementia Care portfolio
Talk to an Arjo Solutions Expert
Learn more about Arjo’s wide range of dementia product solutions by speaking with an Arjo Solutions Expert, who will respond to your request in a timely manner.
- Sloane, Hoeffer, Mitchell 2004. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15507054.
- Bolster & Manias 2010; Kontos & Nagile 2007; McCormack & McCance 2006. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19577752.
- NICE/SCIE 2011, Alzheimer’s Association 2018. https://www.scie.org.uk/publications/misc/dementia/dementia-fullguideline.pdf?res=true.