How Small Actions Can Make a BIG Difference in Dementia Care

Dementia Australia has been highlighting the small actions people can take to create a big difference for people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Today we’re joined by Dr David Sykes from Dementia Australia. In this episode we cover the small actions an organisation can do to create a big difference in areas of care related to the CAUSEd model:
– Communication
– Activity
– Unwell/unmet needs
– Story
– Environment, and
– dementia

We also cover opportunities for improvement that lie in the areas of:
– New building design
– The Montessori Method, and
– Bus stops!

Dr Sykes represents Dementia Australia on the Dementia Training Australia Executive, recently chaired the organising committee for the highly successful National Dementia Conference, and was on the judging panel for the Better Practice Awards in 2017.

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One Reply to “How Small Actions Can Make a BIG Difference in Dementia Care”

  1. I had a lovely experience of engaging with a resident during a recent meals review at a facility.

    I assisted a lady with her meal who was non-verbal, not able to sit unsupported and not able to feed herself.

    I suggested the staff try brown sugar on the porridge. When I fed this lovely lady, I described the porridge, saying it was delicious and sweet, had luscious brown sugar on it, which made it taste like caramel and how delicious it is, etc.

    Within a short time, she was grabbing my arm and pulling the spoon towards her mouth. She started smiling and looking me in the eye.

    I looked after her at lunchtime, and described the meal. Then I started chatting about growing up, how I used to ride a horse and loved going to parties. I asked her if she loved to dance and go to parties too, and asked if she loved to sing.

    Next thing, she burst into song! During the meal, she engaged with the room, looking around, pointed, smiled, and laughed – and finished her meal.

    Lovely experience for me – and I am sure for her as well.

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