PP307 – Dementia with Incontinence: Supporting families and caregivers
Dementia is more than just memory loss. Declines occur due to the progression of the disease and eventual degradation of the brain tissue. Though it often begins with cognitive loss, it eventually evolves to physical disability. This presentation will review parts of the brain effected by Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, why such declines happen and approaches to managing incontinence and personal care. Case Managers will bring back solid information to assist staff, families, and caregivers to effectively manage such care and improve clinical and social outcomes.
1. Review changes that occur in Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
2. Distinguish positive from negative strategies in coping with cognitive changes.
3. Explore teachable approaches to managing incontinence and basic personal care. Discuss lessons learned and improved clinical and social outcomes.