When we consider integrating changes to a philosophy of care it is important to remember that small, gradual changes can lead to more lasting success. Attempting to take on too much, too quickly can result in frustration or a feeling of being overwhelmed.
When it comes to managing behavioral symptoms related to dementia, consider having nursing staff choose a few residents with less challenging behavioral symptoms to begin. Staff can hold weekly “huddles” to discuss ideas, challenges and successes they have had with individual residents. This can help them build confidence in their abilities and foster teamwork as well as trust in the approach to care that we are encouraging.
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