Do care workers set out to neglect and abuse elderly people who live with dementia? Of course not. Or at least the vast majority don’t. Nevertheless, neglect and abuse are widespread in long-term care, and care workers (under poor management and myopic leadership) are the ones who inadvertently perpetuate it.
Why do neglect and abuse remain the rule rather than the exception in long-term care? I’ve written several posts about some of the factors.
On May 1, I had the opportunity to speak via zoom with a group of nursing students in Missouri on a variety of topics related to dementia care. I shared my thoughts on what I believe needs changing if we want to radically improve eldercare, particularly for the elderly who live with dementia.
Essentially, the two biggest challenges, which are also opportunities, are:
More at the links and in this five-minute video clip extracted from my convo with the students and their passionate instructor and registered nurse Ernema (Bing) Boettner:
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