Scenario 3: care planning
Because dementia touches on all aspect of life, it’s very difficult to know where to start or do next when care planning. All Topics act as a guide/ checklist to help you care plan (Topics are loosely ordered from early stage to late stage)
It’s very likely that families will need to cover almost all of the Topics (and Sections within it) at some point in their journey.
This can offer you a peace of mind and the confidence to deliver best practice care.
Tasks to complete
Think of a client for whom you are developing or reviewing a care plan.
Look down the list of Topics, what have you already covered with them and what do you think they may need next, e.g. financial planning, respite care, incontinence etc.
Review the respective Topics and Sections, then insert them into your care plan for the future
When the time comes, implement the care plan by taking them through a subject (Topic or Section) and share the resources with them afterwards.
After covering off driving with Jane and Bill, you may start to develop their care plan for the future. Note, this is also a requirement of the Aged Care Quality Standards.
Understanding dementia and medications
They both have told you that they have gotten very good resources from their geriatrician and neurologist on understanding dementia and Bill’s medications.
In the conversation, Jane mentions that Bill is in a clinical trial, which intrigued you. It’s something you wanted to learn more about and as it is also relevant for your clients. In such instances, you can save that Section or Topic to learn more later.
Next Topics to cover for legal and financial planning
Looking down the Topic list as a guide on what to cover next, you may ask Jane and Bill if they have done their legal and financial plans. They said no and that they didn’t realise it’s something they had to think about.
Using the content to support your conversation
You can open the first two Sections of the “Future planning: legal matters” Topic and use them as a guide to paraphrase the content in your conversation, such as what does legal planning mean (e.g. advance care planning, enduring power of attorney, administration etc.) and why they are important etc.
Jane and Bill both think it’s very important and are happy for you to share all the relevant Sections for them to digest over time.
You repeat the same process for the Topic “Future planning: financial matters”.
We hope by using it as a guide, the PRO can offer you a peace of mind and the confidence to deliver best practice care.
A note about the first few Sections per Topic
The Section starting “Common questions about…” are usually the first Section for each Topic. They outline common questions that you may encounter about that subject. This can help you ease-into each Topic..
The second Section is usually the introductory Sections. They are structured similarly for each Topic, which give you a brief introduction to what this Topic is about and what the following Sections will cover in dot points.
You can use this as a quick overview of the Topic and can be shared with Bill and Jane.
The scenarios do not cover all of the content in My Dementia Companion, nor all the ways it could be used. Please keep exploring!
All the information is curated from reputable sources that are designed for people like Jane and Bill. So, assess and if relevant, share with confidence!
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